Executive Pastry Chef
A true Charleston local, Elizabeth Gorman was born and raised in the Lowcountry. With family roots in West Ashley that go back many generations, it is only fitting that Gorman would find a home at the beloved West Ashley eatery, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails.
While Gorman has always had a passion for food, she chose to put family first and focus on raising her four children. It was not until her husband, a veteran of the Army National Guard, was deployed to Kuwait in 2012, that Gorman found herself inspired to pursue her passion for the pastry arts. Gorman enrolled in classes at the Culinary Institute of Charleston the same year and has not looked back since. Juggling family life, school, and different roles, including working for Charleston’s very-own RiverDogs minor league baseball team, Gorman was eventually hired by Tristan Catering + Events in the summer of 2016 as a pastry cook. While at Tristan Catering + Events, Gorman worked her way up to become an integral member of the catering group’s pastry department. In October 2018, Gorman was hired by Ms. Rose’s Fine Food & Cocktails as the Executive Pastry Chef.
In her current role, Gorman is responsible for creating and executing the restaurant’s rotating dessert menus. So far, her favorite dessert to make at Ms. Rose’s is the Banana Cheesecake. When Gorman is not in the kitchen, she can be found spending time with family on the water, taking care of her three cats or making cookies and cupcakes because with four kids there is always a need for a birthday baked good.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Chef Matthew Paul studied Business at Penn State and started working in restaurants on the side to earn a little extra cash.
He discovered his passion for cooking while working in a restaurant owned by a first-generation Italian family, and soon after, he transferred to Johnson & Wales in Charleston, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Culinary Arts in 2002.
Paul has achieved much success in the kitchen over the course of his career. He was crowned the winner of the 2018 Southern Fried Chicken Challenge, 2018 Shrimp and Grits Festival, and “Moonshine Throwdown” competition. He also cooked at the James Beard House in 2014, and helped open and grow Lowcountry Bistro.
After nearly a decade with Queen Street Hospitality Group, Chef Paul joined Ms. Rose’s in October 2016. Here, he strives to prepare authentic Lowcountry cuisine with modern twists, focusing on fresh, local produce and seafood. He is classically trained in French cuisine but says he picked up some German and Pennsylvania Dutch influences from his grandmother’s cooking when he was growing up. The result is meticulous yet approachable food with clean, direct flavors that channel a range of American styles into an unmistakably Charlestonian finish.
When not in the kitchen, Chef Paul enjoys spending time with his wife of ten years, Rozanna – “my Southern belle,” he calls her – and his two beautiful daughters, Izzy and Mary. As a family, they enjoy camping and fishing from their dock. Matt is also an avid baseball player and has been playing in a league for the past ten years.