In September of 1999 Scott Beck opened his first restaurant, Match, on Washington Street in the heart of South Norwalk. Match’s mission from the beginning has been to provide a complete dining experience, which includes an innovative menu featuring a wood burning oven and a warm, friendly and well trained staff, all brought together in a room that exudes energy and comfort. The mission has been achieved and continues to thrive.
Over the past 10 years, Match has become one of the favorite restaurants of Connecticut diners, and is a perennial winner of local and regional “Best of” Awards including most recently the 2010 Best Overall Restaurant and Best Service in Fairfield County as well as Best Appetizers in the State from the 2010 Connecticut Magazine Annual Readers’ Poll. Match's diverse international wine list has earned the Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the last eight years in a row. All of this explains why Match was listed in the New York TimesBest Selling Book, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”
Today Match continues its dedication to Scott’s vision of providing the complete dining experience and offers something for everyone through its diverse menu. Match stays busy year round, and the restaurant is designed to work with the seasons, with sidewalk café seating and open façade in summer and a winter dining room complete with a wood burning oven glow and warm colors.
As one of the early pioneers of the revitalization of SoNo, Scott helps support the local community and continues to strive to make Match the perfect dining destination in the area.
Mock role-playing as a child that included performances like creating a teppanyaki chef's table out of simple household items combined with extensive travel around the world to top restaurants formed the basis of Matthew Storch's culinary career.
Matt’s interest in all things culinary continued during high school and brought him to a locally acclaimed restaurant to intern and then to Todd English's restaurant, Olive's, in Massachusetts. Matt was then drawn to pursue formal training at The Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, he was reunited with Todd English at the newly opened Miramar in his hometown of Westport, Connecticut and then moved west to assist in opening Olive's Aspen.
In 2001, Scott Beck, the owner of Match, lured Matt to help elevate Match to a new level. Matt was eventually made a partner at Match, fulfilling his dream of becoming a restaurateur. The Beck-Storch partnership has resulted in numerous annual awards and accolades, including the recent “2010 Best Overall Restaurant and Best Service in Fairfield County’” as well as “Best Appetizers in the State” from the Connecticut Magazine Annual Readers’ Poll.
Today, the award winning New American cuisine that has become Matt’s signature at Match continues to follow his style of combining classic cooking with creative twists highlighted by seasonal, local ingredients. His presentations are colorful expressions of his creativity and skill in combining varying tastes and textures. The creation of new culinary delights is ongoing, as Match presents an ever-changing supplemental menu that features different specials each night.
Creating new dishes, seeing people enjoy the Match experience, and providing personalized service are the ingredients of the culinary arts that fuel Matt’s passion.