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Michael Thiemann & Matt Masera

Chefs - Mother



Mike and Matt have shared many kitchens before opening the critically acclaimed Mother in Sacramento in January of 2014. Mother has been recognized with a perfect 4 star review from the Sacramento Bee as well as Best New Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Vegetarian from the Sacramento News and Review.

Prior to Mother, Mike and Matt both opened the James Beard nominated Merriman's on Maui. They later held positions in San Francisco with Tyler Florence opening Wayfare Tavern as Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef/Chef de Cuisine, respectively. Mike would later serve as Corporate Chef for the Florence Group.

The pair are set to open their 6th restaurant together this April with Empress Tavern, a 170 seat meat-centric carvery in the basement of the historical Crest Theatre in downtown Sacramento.