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