Matt Wilkinson

Believes in getting his hands dirty

Hunting rabbits in South Yorkshire as a child, Matt Wilkinson carried this hands-dirty approach to cooking and produce into his career in food. 

His foodie-muscles were carved under the supervision of Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart, before arriving in Australia. He launched unorthodox eatery Pope Joan with business partner Ben Foster in East Brunswick in 2010, incorporating a café, produce store, wine bar, kitchen garden and takeaway hub Hams and Bacon. The pair launched Jack Horner, a canteen and grocery store, around the corner in 2015. Matt is a champion of networking among producers and spearheads the ‘buy-local’ movement.

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