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Denver Italian Restaurant Panzano - General Manager Matt Snyder

For a non-Italian, Matt Snyder sure has spent a lot of time around Italian food.

Over the course of his foodservice career, Snyder made the unusual move from the front of the house, into the kitchen, and back to the dining room. Born and raised in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood, two years at the University of Arizona working on a degree in accounting and finance convinced Snyder that the foodservice business - not accounting - was his life's work. He moved back to Denver to his extended family and the local campus of Johnson & Wales University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foodservice Management and an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts.

High energy bartending and management gigs in college were followed by a stint on the line at the popular neighborhood bistro Table 6 under acclaimed chef Scott Parker where Snyder honed his culinary chops. He then moved north to Tennyson Street and the General Manager job at Parisi and Firenze a Tavola for 5 years. When the Assistant General Manager job at Panzano became available, he jumped at the chance to move downtown and was promoted to General Manager in February of 2014.

At Panzano, Snyder still gets a thrill occasionally working his favorite expeditor position where he gets to experience the rush of the kitchen without the customary cuts and burns. He really loves it when a guest pulls him aside or sends him a message that one of the staff gave exceptional service or went out of their way for the customer. His restaurant credo says, "Always treat customers with the most genuine hospitality imaginable, treat your co-workers like your guests, work hard, be professional and HAVE FUN."

Snyder lives in Denver with his wife, Melanie, their son Jaden and daughter Mina along with a menagerie of pets including Chocolate Lab, Digger; African Grey Parrot, Mishka; Green Tortoise, Katniss; Russian hamsters Butter and Giblets; and a fish named Raspberry.

He would like to pitch a new show to the Food Network called "Eat Like a Restaurant Professional" where contestants would have two minutes to chow down on cold food and stale coffee while finishing reports on their laptop perched over a trashcan in the back kitchen. He's sure it would be a hit.