Local chef set guest chef during masters weekend

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Mynta and Matt Harbison are the former owners of Los Antojitos.

After 20 years at the head of the restaurant, the duo is now taking on a new challenge.

“We are about to be empty nests and so of course we are going to want to travel. We thought what better way to help offset some of those expenses than to use our skills,” said Matt Harbison, former owner of Mexican restaurant Los Antojitos, and guest chef. “You know, being in the service industry for so long, so I picked this guest chef gig at the Masters.”

It was an opportunity that presented itself after Harbison took a trip to Augusta a few years ago.

“We were in a practice round at the Masters about three years ago. We discovered that many locals here rent their homes for the week. Then they bring in guest chefs to cook for everyone and we thought how amazing it would be to cook for golfers,” Harbison said.

Harbison says he’s unable to cook exclusively for golfers this year, but he’s looking forward to what next year might bring.

“Now we’re going to come in here and learn some contacts and maybe next year we’ll cook for Tiger Woods,” Harbison said.

He thanks his wife for helping with this next chapter of their lives.

“We’re going to be a team, I’m going to make the food delicious and she’s going to help me present it and hopefully we’re going to impress some people,” Harbison said.

Since selling their restaurant, the duo have only taken a few months off before returning to the service industry.

“We sold the restaurant just three months ago and we’ve already done two caterers and now we’re at the Masters doing a chef event. She’s already creating a personal webpage for me,” said Harbison.

With this new opportunity, Harbison has high hopes for the future.

“At first it was just for fun, but now it feels like a real business opportunity. You know it can take us anywhere in the world if things work out right,” Harbison said.

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