After graduating with a Hospitality Business degree from Michigan State, he moved to Salem. He worked at several area restaurants including the Joel Palmer House and Morton's Bistro NW. He met Janel while working at Davinci's, fell in love and they were married in 1998. They opened Sybaris is October, 2001. Matt was nominated for Best Chef: Northwest in 2011 and 2012 by the James Beard Foundation.
Born and raised in North Dakota, she moved to Oregon in 1988. Janel worked at Davinci's for 12 years until she and Matt opened Sybaris is 2001. She writes the wine list, paints the menu backgrounds and schedules local artists to show their work each month.