Matt Basile is the founder of the Toronto-based street food brand, Fidel Gastro’s. In just four years, it went from an underground sandwich pop-up to an internationally recognized food brand. In an industry steeped in tradition, Basile always strives to do things differently.
Under the Fidel Gastro’s brand, Basile operated one of Canada’s most recognizable food trucks and for six phenomenal years ran the gastro pub, Lisa Marie. It was featured on various TV series, including You Gotta Eat Here! and Chef in The City, and was also ranked as the ninth best brunch spot in Canada by OpenTable magazine.
For two seasons, Basile was the host of the internationally aired, reality TV show, Rebel Without a Kitchen, seen on Netflix, the Travel and Escape Channel, the Cooking Channel, and the Asian Food Channel. He was nominated for a coveted Canadian Screen Award for Best Host of a Canadian Reality Series. In 2020, Basile made an appearance on CBC’s reality show, Fridge Wars.
Basile is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, Street Food Diaries and Brunch Life, which was nominated for a Taste Canada Award and a World Gourmand award. He has also written for HuffPost and Vice and is a regular guest on programs such as Global Morning and Breakfast Television.
Today, as a chef and food entrepreneur, Basile has reinvented himself in the food space as a creative consultant, product and recipe developer, and content creator.