He spent many years working in France including time at Le Fleuray, a gastronomic country house hotel in the Loire Valley.
Four years ago he returned to Chester where he headed up the city’s popular restaurant Chez Jules.
Matthew (pictured) said: “The opportunity at Oddfellows came at a perfect time for me. I can build on my previous experience and carry that through to a 24-hour operation, where events and weddings come into play at the same time as busy breakfasts and afternoon tea services.
“Oddfellows is a brilliant business to be part of – they are independently run, and headed up by a small and smart team of experienced professionals who are happy for me to take the wheel creatively and have autonomy on the direction my food will take.”
Jonathan Slater, Oddfellows Hotels, added: “Matthew is a wonderful asset to the team at Oddfellows. He has strong ideas and the talent to support them. We are looking forward to evolving our restaurant under his creative vision.”