Matthew is the most selfless person I’ve ever met. He always takes care of others and make sure that their lives are better – I know mine is better because of him.
Matthew is funny and creative; he often makes me awesome gifts that include the wonderful pictures he takes. I wish that I had even a little bit of his creativity. And he remembers all the small stuff, making our days together so special with memories, stories, and fun treats.
Matthew was born in Los Angeles, the oldest of four boys. His family moved to the Bay Area when he was 10 years old. While going to UC Santa Cruz he worked at a small, Japanese grocery store. This nurtured a passion for food and cooking, and ultimately led him back to school to become a chef. (Yes, he’s a great cook.) He’s spent time working abroad, teaching English in Japan and working at a resort in the Caribbean. And now he works at a gourmet foods company in Oakland as a caterer – he especially loves working on weddings where he plays a big role in making sure that the bride and groom’s special day goes off without a hitch.
Matthew excels at making our family and loved ones feel special using his gifts in the kitchen. Every year, he makes his best friend’s daughter a special birthday cake (last year was chocolate cake with coconut and coconut whipped cream.) I know that Matthew will be the kind of dad who makes the little moments matter; he’s already stocking up on bathtub toys!
In the day to day, Matthew’s favorite hobby is to take pictures. No doubt he will document our child’s first bath, first steps, first trip to the beach, and everything in between! He also enjoys watching his favorite shows (Housewives and True Blood), listening to music, and singing in the shower. Our kid will definitely learn to sing!
Matthew’s my favorite person to spend time with, and when he’s picking the movie for a quiet evening at home, it’s The Sound of Music or The Wizard of Oz with a giant bowl of popcorn. Those nights are the best, and I can’t wait until we get to do that with our kid sitting between us!