Chef, Owner

Mat Schuster


About Mat Schuster

Mat Schuster is owner and chef of Canela Bistro and Wine Bar, a neighborhood Spanish restaurant in San Francisco focusing on modern takes of traditional Spanish cuisine. Previously, he was Executive Chef for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, with multiple natural foods cafes near Golden Gate Bridge, and served as Food and Beverage Director and Executive Chef at San Francisco's esteemed Bay Club where he focused on fresh, naturally healthful cuisine. Mat's cooking career took off after studying abroad in Italy while in college, prompting him to enroll in the California Culinary Academy's College of Food in San Diego. Mat earned a nutrition educator accreditation from Bauman College in Berkeley and managed and led cooking classes at Draeger's Culinary Center and Whole Foods Market. He also currently serves as a board member of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association where he focuses on continuing education for professional chefs.