We couldn’t be more thrilled that celebrity chef Matthew Cooper, executive chef at the Preacher’s Son in Bentonville, will be leading a Master Class on authentic Italian foods and foodways on Friday, November 15.

See event details below.

Chef Matthew Cooper is the Executive Chef of The Preacher’s Son and a true third generation preacher’s son. His father delivered one of his first sermons forty years ago right across the street from the restaurant at First United Methodist, Bentonville. Chef Matt’s passion for food stems from the strong family environment in which he grew up and the training he has acquired over the years.

Chef Matt played a huge role as one of the first members to set a foundation for Ropeswing Group. He joined the hospitality group in January 2015 and opened The Preacher’s Son as the Executive Chef in 2016. He is passionate about creating a family atmosphere within The Preacher’s Son where everyone feels valued, and can learn and grow in a creative, team-oriented environment. He takes the same approach with his food. The Preacher’s Son is a completely gluten-free kitchen as Chef Cooper has Celiac disease, which is why he accommodates all dietary restrictions.

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas, in collaboration with VisitBentonville and Fort Worth Sister Cities, is proud to present this year’s Italian Gourmet Foods Master Classes.

These educational events offer chefs, culinary students, and food and wine lovers the opportunity to learn more about authentic Italian products and foodways. Presenters will focus on authenticity, traceability, food and wine pairings, and how to use traditional Italian food products in the kitchen.

Featured products include: Prosciutto di ParmaPecorino ToscanoParmigiano ReggianoSicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil& classic Friuli Venezia-Giulia Products.

Brightwater Culinary School
Bentonville, Arkansas

Featuring chefs Matthew Cooper
and Giancarlo Ferrara

Friday, November 15
9-12 p.m.
1-4 p.m.

Tarrant Area Food Bank
Fort Worth

Monday, November 18
9-12 p.m.
professional focus
1-4 p.m.
general admission $25

Fort Worth only 
registration not required
for Bentonville

These events are presented in association with
La Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo
(Worldwide Italian Cuisine Week)
and with the support of the Sistema Italia:

Consolato Italiano Houston
Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas
Comune di Reggio Emilia
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico

These events have also been underwritten by the Italian government’s True Italian Taste campaign, which promotes awareness of authentic Italian food and wine products and foodways.

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