Chef Matthew Basford of Canoe to demo at Asheville Wine & Food Fest Saturday



August 19, 2016 – The big weekend of  Asheville Wine and Food Festival starts tonight with Sweet at the Grove Arcade and continues tomorrow with The Grand Tasting at the US Cellular Center. One of the visiting chefs who will be doing a demo at the Grand Tasting is Chef Matthew Basford of Canoe restaurant in Atlanta. Here’s more…

Executive Chef Matthew Basford, of Canoe in Atlanta, will be taking part in the eighth annual Asheville Wine & Food this coming Saturday, August 20. Chef Basford will participate in the Grand Tasting and will host a demo at the Williams-Sonoma stage at 2:00 p.m. Under Chef Basford, Canoe’s menu features fresh, inventive American cuisine that highlights the abundant resources of the South. Since 1995, Canoe, nestled on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, has been charming guests and establishing its reputation as Atlanta’s classic, quintessential fine dining restaurant.


Shortly after taking his first restaurant job in his late teens, Matthew Basford knew that he was headed for a career in the restaurant business. Growing up in Australia, Basford was exposed to cooking techniques that drew influence from Pan-Asian cuisine. He started his culinary journey at Pear Tree Cottage in Greenock, followed by Vintner’s Bar and Grill in Angaston. He was awarded Second Place in Tasting Australia in two consecutive competitions and placed in the Nestle Junior Chefs of Australia Competition, a yearly event that honors the top apprentices in the country. After completing his four-year apprenticeship, Basford was officially a “Qualified Chef”, and travelled to the United States.

In December 2002, Basford moved to New Orleans, LA and began working at Dominique’s, at the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Basford was relocated to Atlanta, GA. Within a week, Basford found himself in the Canoe kitchen. He started as line cook, and worked his way up the ranks from sous chef to executive sous chef, to chef de cuisine, and finally in 2013, Basford was named executive chef of Canoe. He continues the legacy of the city’s longstanding bastion of fine dining. His commitment to serving fresh, seasonal ingredients marries well with the rich tradition of Canoe.


Since opening in 1995, Canoe has established its reputation as Atlanta’s classic, quintessential fine dining restaurant set in a historic, relaxed location. Not only have locals recognized Canoe’s distinct charm and appeal, but the restaurant has been featured in notable publications such as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Gourmet, The Wine Spectator and the New York Times. Canoe rests on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, nestled in the neighborhood between Vinings, Buckhead and Smyrna, and offers guests a unique, comfortable atmosphere. With a passionate staff, Canoe provides diners with exceptional service, a welcoming ambiance, and personal attention to every dish. Executive Chef Matthew Basford delivers high-end seasonal cuisine prepared with the finest ingredients and innovative techniques. Canoe offers over 300 quality selections, 40 available by the glass. With a large manicured garden that backs up to an outdoor patio and special event tents, Canoe is the ideal, intimate setting for celebrations, receptions, and private parties. For more information, call (770) 432-2663 or visit Canoe is located at 4199 Paces Ferry Road, SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30339. Connect with us on Facebook or on Twitter.