From the 1st of May, Chef Matthew Foxon will join the Saxon team as Executive Chef and will oversee all culinary operations at the hotel. He brings his passion for sustainability and his brand of classic cuisine with contemporary influences across all the hotel’s offerings.
Chef Matthew studied at the International Hotel School in Johannesburg in 2003, where he completed a 2-year advanced diploma in professional cookery. Following this training, he earned his stripes in luxury hotels across South Africa, including the Michelangelo and the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel.
Chef Matthew relocated to London in 2005 where he ran the kitchens of the award-winning Greyhound at Battersea restaurant. From here he moved on to The Rosendale in South London as head chef – awarded by Time Out Award as best gastropub of 2007, before joining the Criterion Restaurant in 2009 as Executive Chef. During his time at this legendary restaurant, Criterion won renewed critical acclaim, reclaiming their space in the forefront of the London restaurant scene. While at Criterion, Chef Matthew also appeared in the hit BBC series MasterChef UK – guest-starring in two seasons of the show as well as in Celebrity MasterChef in 2014. Furthermore, he also featured in ‘Hotel GB’ with Chef Gordon Ramsey in 2012.
From Criterion, Chef Matthew moved on to the New Street Grill as Head Chef in 2014. The New Street Grill is a re-invented traditional British Grill restaurant with a dedication to local produce – playing into Chef Matthew’s passion for the finest ingredients.
In 2017 Chef Matthew returned to South Africa, being appointed the Executive Chef at 54 on Bath in Johannesburg. Chef Matthew: “I am excited to bring my ethos of sustainability and respect for the produce to the Saxon Hotel, working with the kitchen brigade to ensure that the renowned Saxon dining journey continue to offer guests the dining experience they have come to expect.”
Saxon Managing Director George Cohen noted: “Chef Matthew joins us as we embark on a new journey at the Saxon. He is a multi-talented chef with experience in hotels and restaurants both locally and internationally. The team and I are looking forward to the greater heights the Saxon culinary journey will achieve under his guidance.”