about table 926
a 2012 san diego home & garden magazine silver fork winner, table 926 has fast become a popular dining destination for foodies. the upscale, yet casual, seasonal cuisine reflects the gastronomic experiences of chef and owner matt richman blending california ingredients with mediterranean and latino flavors. the intimate bistro is located at 926 turquoise street in the coastal community of north pacific beach near la jolla, calif.
about executive chef / owner matt richman
matt is a rare, san diego native who loves sports (especially baseball, hockey and horse racing) and tapping into his heritage for inspiration when blending california ingredients with latino and mediterranean flavors.
the la jolla country day graduate left the beaches of san diego behind when he spent time at the university of new mexico in albuquerque. turned out, kicking around tumbleweeds was not matt’s cup of tea. in the winter of 1999, he enrolled at the prestigious california culinary academy in san francisco, beginning his culinary career at highly rated kitchens of the fifth floor, twenty-four at pac bell park and kokkari estiatorio.
after his 2001 graduation, matt moved back to san diego, gaining experience and eventually becoming sous chef at pacifica del mar. always looking to grow in the culinary world, matt, again waved goodbye to his hometown to accept a position at the acclaimed restaurant, ortanique; located on ”the mile” in coral gables, fl. it was while at otanique and then the nuevo latino restaurant chispa that matt was able to master his technique and flavors. hoping to apply the knowledge gained while in miami, matt returned to san diego as executive chef at my place in la jolla and illume bistro in little italy before venturing in to the role of restaurant owner.
in december 2011, executive chef and owner, matt richman opened the doors to table 926. with the knowledge that there are simply too many flavors in the world, let alone southern california to have a set menu, matt has created an ever-evolving menu that focuses on highlighting seasonal flavors that are local to san diego. in 2012 san diego home and garden magazine recognized the flavors that were coming out of the kitchen at table 926 and named it a silver fork winner.
matt continues to travel, always looking to enhance his pallet with flavors from around the world.