Matt Broussard is an up-and-coming chef who’s cooked with Marcus Samuelsson and been featured on Zagat’s 30 under 30. And he’s a Freshly fan. Here’s why.
We were pretty excited to find out that a young chef was as big a fan of our meals—our Freshly chefs put a ton of work into making tasty dishes so we take pride in their restaurant quality. When we caught up with Matt, he gave us the rundown on his busy schedule.
“My schedule can be insane. Most nights, I don’t get home until 1 AM, and I haven’t even eaten. Instead of ending the day cooking another meal for myself, I pop a Freshly meal in the microwave.”
Between work and sleep, Matt also likes to fit in time at the gym, and Freshly helps fuel his workouts.
“I love that so many of the meals are high protein. They’re super fresh and balanced, but they’re also comforting. They taste like I made them myself while still helping to keep me fit.”
But you don’t have to be a chef to enjoy the best perk of all after a long day at work. “Skipping grocery shopping alone makes my life so much easier. The prep is done for me. The cooking is done for me. And they drop the meals right at my place.”
Chef Matt even shared a few tips on taking Freshly meals to the next level. We’re a big fan of serving up our meals on plates and adding our own special flare, so we were excited to get his expert take.
1. Plating is everything
Want to eat like a chef? Plate your Freshly meals after you heat them up. “The containers are awesome because they’re recyclable, and they pack a ton of food. As a chef, I know you eat with your eyes first. When I put the meals on a plate, it just makes the dish look as good as it tastes.”
2. Make your meals your own
Chef Matt explained that it’s easy to tailor Freshly meals to your tastes. “All the meals are great as is, but sometimes I add some special elements to add even more flavor.”
In the photo above, Matt turned our three-bean turkey chili into a game-day feast: extra cheese, a scoop of sour cream, and chopped scallions.
Chef Matt likes to add a little oomph to Freshly spaghetti squash and meatballs, too. Check it out in the video below.
Like things spicy? Add in your own spicy elements, like jalapeños, chili flakes, or an extra shake of black pepper.