Matt Wettish Bio
CT born and raised and host of the video series Real Outdoors TV, Matt Wettish has been hunting and fishing the New England woods for over 35 years. As a multi-state champion turkey caller Matt has taken turkey hunting to the next level. He has successfully completed the Grand Slam of turkey hunting, hunted 25 out of 50 states, taken wild turkey with archery, muzzleloader and shotgun and has qualified for the Grand Nationals of turkey calling by winning multiple state turkey calling championship titles.
He has taken his passion for hunting to television and has been the focus of shows on such networks as ESPN, EPSN2, OLN and The Outdoor Channel. He has been published nationally multiple times while being the focus of articles in such magazines as Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, NRA’s American Hunter, Turkey Call and even The New York Times.
Matt also enjoys passing on the tradition of the outdoors to the younger generation by participating in the state’s offering of Youth Day hunting opportunities by bringing out young and first time hunters, and by mentoring older high school and college level young adults. He always tries to instill a passion, respect and appreciation for the outdoors in the people he helps.
Matt is proudly sponsored by companies such as Realtree, Winchester, Carlson’s, TruGlo, Costa, Columbia, Ol’ Tom/Drake and more.
Van Hurd Bio
Son of an archer (dad) and a professional wrestler (mother), Van Hurd has followed a career path that gives new meaning to “Cinderella Man.” His unconventional, hard-scrabble life includes a dollop of hard times with a comeback only Hollywood could script.
Hurd received his culinary degree from The Art Institute of Dallas in 2007. His ambition and drive earned him the top spot in his class. While finishing his degree, Hurd mastered the fundamentals of cooking and started looking for the next rung of the ladder.
He learned quickly how to cook under pressure while engaging in multiple cuisine styles. Hurd earned a reputation for excellence at one of America’s top restaurants, Dallas’s fabled French Room. His flawless execution and “cool” under pressure approach helped The French Room maintain its AAA Five Diamond designation.
Van then went straight to Hell… Hell’s Kitchen season #6, that is. Working beside celebrity Chef Gordan Ramsay, wowing him with his signature Foie Gras dish on the first episode and quickly becoming a fan favorite. It was after this that Van relocated to Connecticut to continue his culinary career and eventually realizing his passion for open flame cooking.
Van found a position as the Executive Chef and Pitmaster of CT’s Taino Smokehouse. It’s been there that he’s been mastering his control of flame and smoke, only to return to Hell again in 2017! Hell’s Kitchen All Star’s Season 17! A call from L.A. sent him back to Gordan Ramsey for a hand-picked season of the best chefs’ in Hell’s Kitchen history.
With everything that Van has experienced along the way, he has now found himself cultivating a deeply rooted passion for the outdoors, obviously planted there by his father. He’s grown more and more driven to fully explore the experience of true field to plate cooking. Hurd is certainly no stranger to venison, duck, salmon, sea bass, and other game, but he feels there’s still something missing in those dishes. Something that can only be found within its natural harvest from the wild … and Field to Fire cooking is now his next mission!
Presentation / Times
Field to Flame – Turkey Hunting & Cooking
Field To Flame turkey hunting with Real Outdoors TV host Matt Wettish and Hell’s Kitchen chef Van Hurd. Get taken on the full journey of calling and hunting the wild turkey with champion caller Matt Wettish as he demonstrates calls and divulges some of his most highly effective tactics. Then sit back as avid outdoorsman and chef Van Hurd takes the reins to show nothing but pure respect for this incredible game bird by creating an amazing dish to share with family and friends to culminate the ultimate outdoor experience.
- Saturday – 10:30a & 2p
- Sunday – 12p