MATT CROSS (aka The Tart Man) completed his chef training at Otago Polytechnic in 1996 before heading overseas to work as a chef. After 8 years away honing his craft, he returned home to Dunedin and dabbled with selling his sweet creations at the Otago Farmers Market. Since 2009, Matt has had a weekly stall at the market, selling everything from miniature tarts, baby cakes and macarons to all manner of cupcakes, donuts and gluten-free treats. Matt’s business has grown on its reputation through word of mouth and he now supplies around half a dozen cafés around Dunedin and caters for weddings, parties and events.
When he’s not baking, Matt can be found catching waves on Dunedin’s untamed coastline, or escaping to Mexico, Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii … anywhere with good waves to ride and new dishes to taste and experience.