Living the life of an executive chef on South Beach would be a dream to most culinary artists. Cherokee Nation citizen Matt Webb spent his days serving up reinvented classic Southern dishes to Miami, Florida, sun seekers at the always-packed Swine Southern Table & Bar. Despite that success, Webb needed a change. His young family was growing and so was the call to teach.
Webb got that chance when Cherokee Nation Entertainment called earlier this year to recruit him to work at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The timing was perfect. He and his wife quickly made the decision to move to Oklahoma to be closer to his family in Wagoner. They left the beach behind, and he was hired in May.
“I had my choice of establishments, but I wanted to come here and help my tribe,” said the new sous chef at the Buffet at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. “I love teaching, and I knew there would be an opportunity to work with younger Cherokees and help them in their careers.”
Webb said he loves living in the Cherokee Nation and is glad his two children will grow up closer to their Cherokee culture. He’s also happy working somewhere he can share his passion for culinary arts.
“Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the best company I’ve ever worked for,” Webb said. “The salary and benefits are great, but it means more to me to help my tribe and raise my family here.”
Each year, CNE reinvests 65 percent of its gaming profits into job creation for Cherokee Nation citizens. In 2016, that investment was $66 million.