Matthew Redington
1980 - 2021
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Matthew F. Redington
November 21, 1980 - January 11, 2021Matthew Fisher Redington, 40, died unexpectedly on January 11 in New York City. He is the son of Thomas Redington of Colebrook, CT, and Joan Kingsley, who predeceased him.
Matt began his lifelong career in cooking at Acqua in Westport, where he grew up, under the watchful eye of Christian Bertrand, who had just finished an 11-year stint as chef de cuisine at Lutuce in Manhattan, helping Andre Soltner build it into one of the country's most acclaimed and iconic emporiums of fine dining.
Matt earned his degree in Culinary Arts at New England Culinary Institute and went on to top chef positions at leading restaurants including Jean-Georges' Spice Market in New York, Clio in Boston, three-star Tengda in Greenwich which he co-created, and The Dressing Room, Paul Newman's pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in Playhouse Square.
More recently Matt ran a restaurant consultancy, creating culinary themes, concepts, and menus for new and re-launched restaurants in New York and Connecticut, providing a turn-key service to established and aspiring restauranters.
When not hard by the flame or conceptualizing new food ideas, Matt enjoyed yoga, snowboarding and indulged in his passion of innovative art and graphics. His fun was inspiring, his laugh was contagious, and he especially enjoyed time with his three young nieces. He had a reverence for all things living, and his heart was sensitive and big.
In addition to his father, Matt is survived by Jessica Redington-Jones of Taylors, SC, his sister, and her three daughters, Julian, Reese and Harper, and by seven aunts, six uncles, and numerous cousins.
A memorial celebration of Matt's life will be held at a later date. Friends may wish to consider donations to The New England Culinary Institute Scholarship Fund, 7 School St., Montpelier, VT 05602. Condolences for Matthew's family may be left on line at www.hardingfuneral.com



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Published in Westport-News on Jan. 20, 2021.
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February 20, 2021
Matt was special. When things were good, he was so much fun. No one brightened everyone up like Matt. In the past couple years I really began to appreciate the true artist he really was. We were close since high school and although we fell in and out of touch in our adult years, when one of us did reach out it was like no time had passed and he always wanted to know how everyone (my mom and own young family) was doing. We’ll miss you my friend.
James Heady
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February 5, 2021
Fisher and Kashia
I will miss you greatly my forever boo.
Kashia R Cave
Friend
February 4, 2021
He was so loving and kind, always ready to give of himself. I will miss your smile my friend. ❤
Kashia Diaz Cave
Friend
January 24, 2021
Please except my deepest sympathies, May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Simone Taylor
January 20, 2021
Matt’s smile could light up any room and his laugh, unforgettable. He had a great sense sense of humor & a huge heart. I will treasure the memories I have of all of us gallivanting around New York City together. You will be greatly missed.
Courtney Murray
Friend
January 20, 2021
Matt’s smile could light up any room and his laugh, unforgettable. He had a great sense sense of humor & a huge heart. I will treasure the memories I have of all of us gallivanting around New York City together. You will be greatly missed.
Courtney Murray
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