A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, chef Matt O’Neil learned alongside some of the best chefs in Massachusetts, including Anthony Caturano at Prezza and Copia, Barbara Lynch at No. 9 Park and The Butcher Shop, and Mark Chaput of the prestigious Vineyard Golf Club, where he began his career.
In 2009, when the opportunity arose to open The Blue Ox, O’Neil jumped at the chance. A Swampscott native, he was eager to fill a culinary void on the North Shore. Since then, he and his team have garnered some of the most prestigious awards from the biggest names in Greater Boston media. His Sin Burger won Boston Magazine’s Battle of the Burger three years straight and brought him to Miami to compete in South Beach Food & Wine Festival. Formerly ESPN’s Cooking Coach, he’s even been featured on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.
In late 2017 O’Neil opened Ledger in the historic Salem Savings Bank building, combining historic techniques with modern elegance in a warm, convivial atmosphere in the heart of downtown Salem.