Man creates sell-out restaurant in his living room

Matt's Kitchen serves up dishes such as poached pork belly and Greek lamb shoulder

man opens restaurant in living room

A man has turned his living room into a sell-out restaurant despite having no formal training, just an 8ft sq kitchen and a normal domestic oven.

Matt Watson, 43, emptied his lounge of the three piece suite and TV and filled it with mismatched tables and chairs to make a home-style restaurant with 26 covers.

The self-taught cook sells out for the three nights of the week he is open.

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His business, called Matt's Kitchen in Bruton, Somerset, has proved so successful that he has been able to give up his job as a painter and decorator, saying he is making more money than he's ever earned.

man opens restaurant in living room

According to Rex Features, Matt does all the cooking himself, which on a fully-booked sitting can be 70 plates of food a night, on a standard domestic hob and oven. He also acts as the 'maitre de' and hires one waitress and one pot-washer to help him.

He creates a single dish of the day for the main course and then offers a choice of starters and desserts.

His cooking is all about bold flavours with dishes such as pork belly poached in jaggery with Nam Prik Noom and Greek lamb shoulder with spiced yoghurt and mixed nuts.

Nothing is ready-made or frozen and Matt makes sure there is hardly any food waste.

man's restaurant in living room

Having a cash only and bring-your-own alcohol policy has enabled him to maximise his profits.

Matt said: "I've loved cooking all my life but I've done no training whatsoever - I got an E in home economics at school.

"But I've always hosted dinner parties and people always said 'I love your house'. Then Isabel said 'why don't you open a restaurant?'

"Now we get loads of repeat business - people booking for family gatherings and Christmas parties - and we're really busy."

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