Although MAT FOLLAS grew-up in New Zealand, he has spent most of his adult life in England and has made the UK his home. Mat is passionate about cooking with local, wild ingredients, as well as learning about the fantastic bounty of sea vegetables and hedgerow produce that can be found all around us.
Mat's work background was in engineering and IT, but he always dreamt of having his own restaurant. Then, in 2009, Mat won BBC MasterChef and finally opened his restaurant, The Wild Garlic. It received a review in The Telegraph giving it a score of 9/10, followed by an AA rosette and a mention in both The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide. Mat has introduced Foraging Courses and a beautifully renovated apartment above the restaurant to his expanding business and continues to thrive in his new life as a cook.