pic by: Björn Árnasson

pic by: Björn Árnasson

I was born in Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman islands) in 1989. I come from a really hard working family of both fisherman's & cooks. I'm really proud of where I come from.

I lived in the islands until 1995 and moved with my family to Reykjavík but I always held a strong relationship to my relatives on the islands and spent summers there.

I started as an cook apprentice in 2007 and finished in 2011 with high honors.

An idea came up in 2011 in a family gathering to open a restaurant in Vestmannaeyjar since my parents had moved back. My mom always had a dream about this amazing old machinery that had not been used for numerous of years.

Year later, in 2012,  SLIPPURINN was a reality. Me, my sister Indíana and my parents Kata and Auðunn built it from scratch and we always had a clear visions that still stands today. To make a place that is charming with an amazing atmosphere and only open during summer. To be really sustainable, working with produce of the islands and of course being seasonal.

I spent summers in the Islands and winters working abroad and seek more experience.  I staged at many places and learned different philosophies that helped me create and work on my own.

In the beginning of 2015 I opened my first restaurant in Reykjavík. Matur og Drykkur. It was a really passionate project where we had a goal to make Icelanders proud of their food culture and build even more relationships with small producers and farmers. We got a lot of amazing reviews and were featured a lot in various media.

In the end of 2016 I quit Matur og Drykkur and sold my part because my partnership with the co-owners didn't work and we didn't have same goals for the future of the place.

I've done quite a few pop ups around the world, celebrating Icelandic cuisine and to showcase our amazing products and special methods of preserving. You can read more about them in "Projects".

I'm also proud board member of Slow Food Reykjavík and was nominated by JCI for TOYP - The outstanding young person award in Iceland 2015. 

Thank you for reading.

Best regards,

Gísli Matt