Moran in February 2012
Matthew Moran, commonly known as Matt Moran, is an Australian chef also known for being a guest on various TV cooking shows.
Early childhood and education
Moran was raised on a dairy farm at Badgerys Creek west of Sydney. At age 15 Moran left school to start a career as a chef. He commenced his apprenticeship at La Belle Helene Restaurant, Roseville, on Sydney’s North Shore and it was here that Moran practiced the art of classical French cooking.
In 1991 Moran, with a business partner Peter Sullivan, launched their first restaurant - The Paddington Inn Bistro. The successful partnership led them to open their second restaurant Moran’s Restaurant and Café in 1995 which was also well received on the food scene. Moran’s was awarded best new restaurant in the 1995 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide. 
He is also well known as a celebrity chef on various TV cooking shows. The Chopping Block which began airing on the Nine Network on 6 February 2008. It was produced by Granada Productions and was hosted by Moran himself. Catriona Rowntree co-hosted the show with Moran in its first season. It ran for two series of 8 episodes each. In 2011, Moran also joined the 3rd season of MasterChef Australia as a judge.
- "Matt Moran hits the MasterChef kitchen". MasterChef.com.au. 15 June 2009.
- TV.com retrieved 21 June 2010
- Knox, David (5 November 2007). "Returning: The Chopping Block". Retrieved 1 October 2008.
- "Matt Moran cooks up MasterChef deal". ABC. 8 September 2010.
- Fiona Byrne; Alice Coster And Nicola Webber (8 September 2010). "Channel 10 wins fight for Matt Moran over 7". Herald and Weekly Times.
- Katrina O'Brien (3 October 2008). "Matt Moran, restaurateur and TV chef". News Limited, The Australian.
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