The Preacher's Son Chef to Depart For New Project

The Preacher's Son Chef to Depart For New Project
The Preacher's Son dining room (Ropeswing Hospitality)

Matthew Cooper, executive chef of The Preacher’s Son restaurant in downtown Bentonville, will leave the restaurant in pursuit of a new project. His last day will be Dec. 12.

Located in a historic church on A Street, the mission of The Preacher's Son is for its food program to be rooted in sustainability and regionality and support northwest Arkansas farmers, purveyors and the community, according to a news release. The restaurant sources sustainably-sourced ingredients from local farmers and ranchers, and that will continue after Cooper leaves.

“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,” Cooper, who is the son of a preacher, said in the release. “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 will aid in the transition to a new chef; his replacement will be announced “shortly,” the release reads.

In addition, a special event featuring some of Cooper's signature dishes will be held on his last day. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.