In 2011, Matthew lost his job as Culinary Director at a prominent private school in Virginia Beach. Ten months later, he was still searching for stable employment. Knowing that it was only a matter of time that he would need to walk away from his home of nearly ten years, he painfully re-homed his three beautiful dogs, put his belongings in storage and moved in with his best friend in Virginia Beach. In 2012, he accepted a position as Culinary Director at an assisted living facility in Virginia Beach. Before the year's end, he signed a lease and moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach Town Center. Two months later, he would lose this job as well. Desperate to find work, Matthew literally spent two months trying to convince a local coffee shop owner to hire him, as Matthew hasn't worked for an 'hourly rate' in years! Finally, Matthew was hired at this coffee shop, as well as at another nearby restaurant. Eight months later, he found it necessary to give up his car, as he no longer could afford the monthly payments. Matthew knew that he would have to figure out a way to create his own source of income. While at the coffee shop, Matthew met several people who exposed him to social media marketing. Matthew used this new-found power to create his own 'gravity', and draw people to him. He would use social media to post pictures and descriptions of his fresh-baked goods at the coffee shop. People began to respond to his posts and flock to the coffee shop to buy his homemade creations. This was the beginning of "MatthewMay.org". Soon after, Matthew began getting calls to cater local fashion shows, events and personal dinner parties. He was also given permission to host fondue cocktail parties at the coffee shop on Friday nights after it closed. During these fondue parties, he would give a short cooking demonstration on how to make a cheese fondue. Shortly thereafter, he began teaching cooking classes in his small one-bedroom apartment above the coffee shop. His first class literally had only two people in attendance. Within a years' time, he outgrew his apartment and began teaching his classes in the club house of the building in which he lives.
It wasn't too long after, that Matthew found himself without yet another job, as he was let go from the coffee shop as well. He quickly obtained a Food and Beverage Manager position at a nearby hotel. Matthew was learning to focus on the positive, to monitor his thoughts and visualize his future success. This was, and still is, his "SECRET"! He learned not to make plans too far in advance, as he knew all too well that "plans" may not actually happen the way you intend them. He also learned that people and circumstances will rise up against you, for no apparent reason, but it is sometimes necessary to go through these hardships to truly be able to understand your potential. It is your reaction to these hardships that creates your future. You must be willing to fight, forgive, work hard, stay focused and follow your passion. Currently, he is scheduling his sold-out cooking classes up to six months in advance. He continues to teach them in the club house of the Cosmopolitan in Virginia Beach Town Center. He also began teaching classes in his apartment again as the "Dinner at the Chef's Table". He has learned the importance of 'giving back', as he has obligated himself to making yearly donations to local causes. In 2019, Matthew resigned from his role as General Managerof a corporate dining account inside an investment firm in Norfolk, and is focusing only on his cooking classes, weekly Chef's Table events, monthly television appearances on local WTKR 'Coast Live' morning show and building his brand of 20 different flavors of organic sea salt infusions. He has come to terms with his losses, and is eternally grateful for having experienced them. For, if he had not lost those jobs, his house, some of his belongings, his car and his dogs; he would not be where he is today. He continues to be thankful, and looks onward, outward and upward! He is excited to see his future unfold. He thanks God and the universe EVERY DAY.