About Us

Cookwared.com is the combination of my life’s work – taking everything I’ve learned across two decades in the cooking field. I give my honest, unbiased opinion of all cooking equipment I’ve either owned, worked with, or have been interested in buying.

What We Do

Who's Cookwared

Colin Matthews is a 3rd generation chef, born and raised in Atlanta, GA. After high school, he spent four years learning the art of cooking at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. After graduating he spent 11 years throughout New York City and Washington D.C. in all areas of the kitchen – starting as a line cook then sous chef then ending as an executive chef. Today, he owns his own successful wedding and catering company based out of Atlanta, GA. Throughout his 20+ year tenure as a chef, he has learned everything that matters in the kitchen and wants to share his knowledge. Cookwared started in 2018 as a resource to future, aspiring chefs.

Our Story

How We Got Started

After spending four years at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Colin started as an apprentice at Bocca Restaurante Italian restaurant in New York City (under Chef Niko). While under Chef Niko, Colin developed a love for the art of creating. However, as everyone knows, there are a million ways to skin a cat. Similarly, there are as many ways to cook. Colin realized the disconnect between how simple good cooking is and how many people are misguided. During his time at Centrolina in Washington D.C., Colin decided he needed to help anyone interested in cooking to get the best tools available. As such, Cookwared was born.

Behind Cookwared

How It Started

1998

Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park

Colin Matthews was accepted into the Culinary Institute of America. The spark of passion was started.

1998
2002

Bocca Restaurante (NYC)

After graduating the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Colin joined Chef Niko at Boca Restaurante in New York CIty

2002
2010

Centrolina (Washington D.C.)

While at Centrolina, Colin found his passion – helping people cook. He volunteered 50+ hours to teach cooking throughout the city. 

2010
2015

CM Events Inc.

Perfecting the art of cooking and hospitality, Colin launched his own Wedding and Catering company. 

2015
2018

Cookwared.com

After 20+ years of learning everything there is to cooking, Colin felt the calling to help aspiring chefs. As such, Cookwared.com was born.

2018

Meet Our Team

Founder (Cookwared)
Executive Chef (CM Events)

As a passionate chef, I have spent my entire life devoted to the art of cooking. My goal is to take everything I’ve learned and share that with whoever is interested in learning!

 

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Samantha Matthews

Editor-in-Chief (Cookwared)
Head of Catering (CM Events)

Growing up in the restaurant business, I’ve always had a love of cooking and hospitality. After college, I worked for a professional catering company as the Chief Marketing Officer. Shortly after I started, I married Colin and we started Cookwared.com to share our knowledge and passion!