Voted Best of the VI for 10 years running (2010-2019)!!
MEET OUR CHEFS:
Mathayom Vacharat is the owner and head chef at Mathayom Private Chefs and St. John Catering and has been a resident of St. John since 1995, moving from Philadelphia after graduating Drexel University with a Business degree. Mat then attended the Graduate Program at the School of Hard Knocks, studying Improvisation. Opening the business in 2004, his experience as executive chef at premier fine dining restaurants on St. John lends his cuisine a breadth of influences ranging from Asian fusion to progressive American to Caribbean flair.
Mat is committed to sourcing fresh local product as he and his team of talented chefs create custom menus based on seasonal availability. He and his chefs support the Gifft Hill School’s EARTH Program, sourcing much of their local product from the student-run gardens. This approach breeds an innate flexibility when approaching vegetarian, raw food, and other restricted diet menus; as well as creating custom menus for clients interested in an “island to table” approach.
In 2016, Chef Mat and his team began executing Full Moon Dinners (now held at Lucky Chops Lounge in Cruz Bay), changing the theme every month and collaborating with local distributors to create the perfect drink pairings for the multi-course affairs. Continuing with the theme of fresh and local, they have cultivated and maintained a small garden, drawing product from it whenever possible, and are the first business on St. John to become Reef Responsible certified.
Chef Fabio Zaniboni hails from northern Italy and brings a European refinement and palate to St. John Catering & Mathayom Private Chefs. Calling St. John home since 2016, Chef Fabio joined St. John Catering & Mathayom Private chefs in 2018 and specializes in private in-villa chef services.
Chef Lori Dudkin also known as the Dessert Queen brings not only her sweet treats but also her technical precision and international food knowledge to the kitchen at St. John Catering and Lucky Chops Lounge. Chef Lori specializes in utilizing local ingredients and infusing classic dishes with island flavors.
MEET OUR OFFICE STAFF:
When you call St. John Catering it’s Conor Sieban’s friendly voice that greets you. Working out of the Cruz Bay office, Conor is the Office Assistant and Inside Sales Rep for St. John Catering, Mathayom Private Chefs and our newest venture Lucky Chops Lounge.
Hailing from Connecticut Conor’s love affair with St. John started long before he moved to the island in 2016, but he waited until after completing his bachelor’s from Eastern Connecticut State University (majoring in communications/minoring in Business Information Systems) before taking the plunge and moving to St. John full time.
In addition to our office you can also catch Conor every Friday night at the Dog House where as DJ Fastforward or rooting for his favorite teams (Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees) at one of our local sports bar.
Mary Bourassa is the Wedding Coordinator and Online Content Manager for St. John Catering and its sister restaurant Lucky Chops Lounge. She was raised in Colorado but also spent time traveling and living in Central America, Europe and China before moving to St. John with her her husband in 2015.
Mary joined St. John Catering & Mathayom Private Chefs after the devastating 2017 hurricane season helping not only rebuild St. John Catering but also to open Chef Mathayom’s newest island venture, Lucky Chops Lounge in Cruz Bay. When not at work you’ll find Mary on the beach with a book in one hand and a Painkiller in the other!