Matthew, a chef from Arizona, made a lasting impression in the brief two weeks that he was in the competition. He began the contest with a plethora of ideas for his would-be shows, but ultimately his inability to focus on the tasks in front him, like simply presenting to the camera in a controlled speech, led to his demise.
In the first challenge, the hopefuls had to introduce themselves and their culinary points of view in the spotlight, while their rivals watched and later gave one-word impressions based on what they'd seen. Matthew was quick to speak his mind, even if what he had to say was brutally honest. "Wata," he said of Dom, mocking the New Yorker's accent. "Matthew takes a shot at my accent; I don't like that one bit," Dom said.
At the vineyard for the food festival in the premiere episode, Matthew left the Selection Committee questioning his point of view and seemingly haphazard video. His food, however, was far more successful, as Bob said of Matthew's hamachi offering, "I think there's a lot of finesse."
Week 2 saw a change for Matthew, in which instead of leading with a presentation about social media-driven cooking, he talked about his family and how he likes to combine Southwestern and Asian ingredients. "You were a lot more focused today," Giada tells him. And when it comes to the food, the judges were again pleased. "Everything was really nicely cooked," Bobby tells him of his vegetables and egg dish.
Episode 2's Star Challenge was the first baking-focused test for the finalists, and not only were they cooking for mentor-judges Bobby and Giada, but also Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli and five of the country's most-revered pastry chefs. "These judges don't scare me, nor do the pastry chefs," Matthew wrote of the challenge, "but I sure do respect them all."
"Hashtag I got this," Matthew said of the situation during what would ultimately become his final challenge in the competition. He said that he knew it was "vital" to wow the panel, though unfortunately Bobby found Matthew's galette to be a miss. As for Matthew's presentation, Alex explained, "I find it a little bit hard to connect with Matthew."
"Can we get him to take direction?" Bobby wondered about Matthew. Bobby, Giada and Alex contemplated who among the bottom three this week — Matthew, Sita and Emilia — would be sent home. Despite Matthew's culinary chops, he was ultimately eliminated on account of his on-camera persona. "I am the best cook and chef here," Matthew said afterward. "You will see me again."