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Matt Wilkinson is chef & co-owner of Melbourne eatery Pope Joan, much-loved for its homely dishes led by locally grown, seasonal produce ...
Matt Wilkinson is chef & co-owner of Melbourne eatery Pope Joan, much-loved for its homely dishes led by locally grown, seasonal produce – with a distinctly British twist.

Matt grew up in Yorkshire, England. He honed his craft under two-Michelin-starred chef, Martin Wishart before arriving in Australia where he worked at Vue de monde, Alevansi & Circa before opening Pope Joan in 2010.

Since then, Pope Joan has evolved from a daytime café to a bustling neighbourhood hub with the addition of a bar, private dining room, & weeknight dinner service.

In early 2013, Matt & business partner Ben Foster opened Hams & Bacon, Pope Joan’s produce store & takeaway hub & then canteen/grocery store Jack Horner in April 2015. In 2012 Matt published his 1st book, Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables which has been translated into 9 languages & sold 100,000 copies worldwide. His 2nd cookbook, Mr Wilkinson’s Simply Dressed Salads, was released in March 2015 & is already an international success.
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