Chef Matt Welsch
The owner and Executive Chef at the Vagabond Kitchen in Wheeling, Matt Welsch, began what he calls his Vagabond Chef Project in 2013. He rode his motorcycle to over sixty different restaurants and culinary communities across the country putting over thirteen thousand miles in the saddle. Then in early 2014, he moved back home to Wheeling and in June opened Vagabond Kitchen.
Chef Welsch portrays his food as “handcrafted” and rooted in local community which means he “takes a great product and reveal its best flavors, like a sculptor revealing the form hidden in stone.” At the Vagabond Kitchen, “We are passionate and informed about food, and we play,” he says. We have fun. We discover new things.”
“There is nothing like us in the area outside of Pittsburgh and Columbus, ” Chef Welsch explains about their unique recipes. “People often remark how our food reminds them of something they would get in California. Whether it’s fusion, ethnic, or traditional we use the freshest ingredients to craft a truly wonderful dining experience. And I LOVE cooking with cast iron!”