Matt Husted was born and raised in Boulder, Co and moved to Fort Collins, Co where he received a degree in finance from Colorado State University. During college he worked at various restaurants where he first fell in love with the business and was introduced to fine wines. Post college, Matt traveled for six months through Central America before returning to Fort Collins to run Ciao Vino, a local wine bar. His love of wine continued to grow and he took the steps to become a first level Master Sommelier – expanding his experience and palate further into the service industry. After moving on from Ciao Vino, Matt took over running Elliots Martini bar where he worked until moving to California in 2003, at the age of 25, to open Mediterraneo.
Matt’s love of the industry and humbled dedication, is what makes [The MED] a place that people have enjoyed coming for almost 10 years. He truly appreciates the dining experience and takes pride in creating the ultimate experience for customers. Applying his finance and service industry background Matt is always looking at taking [The MED] to the next level. Matt is simply in this business because he loves the passion it takes to create great food and drinks.
Pedro Puerco is the man in our kitchen! He started his culinary career as a prep cook at the Chart House in Central California, before becoming the Sous Chef at California Cafe where he worked for seven years. After leaving California Cafe he worked for a petite Italian restaurant called Peitti, where they featured a moderate size market menu that changed weekly. This is where Pedro’s creativity in the kitchen was able to shine. Unrestricted by a “corporate” set menu he was now free to create new and innovative menu items weekly. He truly found his calling while crafting dessert specials at Peitti and began creating exciting flavor profiles that kept patrons returning for more. He is most in his culinary element with the creative flexibility he finds at [The Med] and brings a unique and joyful taste to our menu.
Robert “Bobby” Bodell is no stranger to the South Bay or [The Med].
The Manhattan Beach native, Mira Costa and Santa Monica College alum started working at [The Med] in the back of the house, seven years ago. He has since worked as a host, server and now now acts as the manager of [The Med's] incredible bar. Along the way he discovered his true passion for mixology and spirits, and is now a certified mixoloogist through Pernod Ricard spirits. Bobby’s skills behind the bar have led him to compete and (and win) in many bartending competitions in the Los Angeles area. He has a thirst for his work and is constantly pursuing new spirit recipes for innovative cocktails. Bobby has a love for cooking as well and sharp attention to detail, paring flavors and creating infusions that set [The Med's] cocktail menu apart from the rest.
He is a lover of the outdoors and spends time in nature as often as possible hiking, camping and fishing with his trusty companion Lucy, a dog he adopted last year.
Our in-house beer guru, Adam Aro, is also a South Bay native who grew up in Palos Verdes before heading off to Oregon for college. A life long Duck, who spends an incredible amount of time keeping [The Med] stocked with the best beer in the South Bay, (and we think greater Los Angeles area).
His close relationship with breweries gives us the one up when it comes to acquiring rare specialty kegs and bottled beer. Adam has a proficient palate for not only beer, but holds the title of a first level sommelier, and is in the final stages of studying for the coveted title of cicerone.
You can spot Adam on his off time around [The Med] or Hermosa Beach in Duck green and yellow attire. Adam is an avid golfer who enjoys traveling to breweries both local and remote to taste the latest and greatest in the craft beer scene.