Matthew Gundlach admits that he was first attracted to the hospitality industry for the free golf, one of the perks he enjoyed while working at several private country clubs in his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. What surprised him was his growing interest in spending time off the greens and in the dining room. Over the next decade, Matt committed himself to pursuing a career in the hospitality industry. Working at some of the finest restaurants and clubs in Madison allowed him to develop a finely tuned palette. It also allowed him to perfect his personable style of polished service. Taking his young, promising career to the next level, he moved to Chicago, having landed a position on the wine team at the esteemed Charlie Trotter’s.
While at Trotter’s, Gundlach was invaluable, working alongside some of the most talented wine professionals in the country. With regular on-site and off-site wine tastings, one-on-one meetings with wine producers and ongoing training at this four-star mecca, he elevated his wine skills to the highest standards. A mutual friend introduced him to Chef Homaro Cantu, who also once worked at Trotter’s. Chef Cantu recognized Gundlach’s passion and offered him the opportunity to join the moto team, spearheading the wine and beverage program. With Postmodern cuisine just beginning to emerge, Gundlach saw this new position as a challenging and thrilling offer – one that quickly paid off. Recognized for his potential, dedication and leadership skills, Cantu soon promoted him to General Manager.
As General Manager, and Director of Operations for the Moto Management Group, Matt rounds out the young, dynamic restaurant team. As sommelier and wine director, Gundlach constructs wine progressions to compliment Cantu’s tasting menus. These are best described as eclectic, cult wines from regions spanning the globe.
Gundlach is the first to say that, “There is something enjoyable in every glass of wine; it’s just up to the guest to experiment and have a little fun along the way.”