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Vagabond Chef gives Hollywood a taste of Wheeling, West Virginia


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

Matt Welsch, owner of the Vagabond Kitchen in downtown Wheeling, basks in the glory of winning a chefs’ competition on the Food Network show, “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Welsch earned $20,000 in a shopping spree segment at the conclusion of the show, which aired Wednesday night.
(Intelligencer photo by Scott McCloskey)

WHEELING, W.Va. — After winning a national chefs’ competition on the Food Network, Vagabond Kitchen owner Matt Welsch plans “to keep putting Wheeling on the map and turn around negative stereotypes for West Virginia.”

Welsch, who calls himself the Vagabond Chef, captured a cooking title on “Guy’s Grocery Games,” a television show hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Welsch’s winning episode aired Wednesday night on the Food Network.

Fresh off his win, Welsch now hopes to score a place on Fieri’s other Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

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