An acclaimed Northwest Arkansas restaurant will be losing its executive chef later this year.
Chef Matthew Cooper will be leaving his post as the executive chef at The Preacher’s Son in Bentonville in December. Cooper reportedly is pursuing new projects in Northwest Arkansas.
His final service will be on Sunday, Dec. 12. The service will feature signature dishes from Cooper.
“I am so grateful to have been a part of growing this amazing team and company at The Preacher’s Son and Ropeswing Hospitality. My family at The Preacher’s Son is the best staff I have ever worked with and I know they, along with the new chef, will continue the vision and culture we’ve created together. I am so appreciative to this community for supporting our efforts. I am very excited about my next projects as I continue to help and pour my heart into the NWA community through food,” Cooper said in a statement.
The Preacher’s Son is part of Ropeswing Hospitality Group. The hospitality group has seven other Bentonville businesses in its portfolio, including Pressroom, Undercroft, Record, The Holler, Louise, Blake St., and Co-op.
“Matt has guided The Preacher’s Son since day one, honoring the food and supporting the Northwest Arkansas community. He’s deeply connected to his team, guests and, of course, the local farmers and purveyors whose regional bounty he builds his menus around. We are incredibly proud of what he has achieved and I’m excited to see what his next adventure will be,” Ropeswing Hospitality CEO Kurt Berman said.
A new executive is expected to be announced soon.