Raw-Food Guru Matthew Kenney Tries His Luck in Orlando

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Soon to be much more tan.Photo: Getty Images

As a feature in Time Out last year made clear, Matthew Kenney was one of the citys most loved and hated chefs before he pretty much fell off the radar after a string of business failures (though he does have a new cookbook out!). The raw foodist was at one time a Beard nominee and one of Food & Wines Ten Best New Chefs in America, but his places Heirloom, Canteen, Commune, Matthews, and the Plant (along with a chain of juice bars) ended in lawsuits, bankruptcy, and bickering and thats not even getting into his messy breakup with Sarma Melngailis, who cut him free as a business partner at Pure Food and Wine. So where do you go when youve become the black sheep of the New York food world?

Says the Orlando Sentinel::

Central Florida is about to get its first big taste of raw food. Plans are in the works for a Winter Park restaurant called Cafe 118, which will specialize in "raw" cuisine. Matthew Kenney, who is behind the Winter Park restaurant and was the co-creator of a popular New York City raw restaurant called Pure Food and Wine, said he expects his eatery to open sometime in early July.

Orlando investors, get ready this ride might just be as terrifying as the Hulk over at Universal Studios.

Chef to Debut with 'Raw' Cuisine [Orlando Sentinel]