Jay Matula – Dining Services Director
I’m proud to have returned to The Watermark at East Hill, the place where my career began, after 12 years away. Not only did I return with a great deal of additional experience, I returned with a great feeling of coming home. Here is where I had my very first job, in 1996. I started as a kitchen assistant and worked my way up to line cook, sous chef and finally executive chef. After those first eight years, I left to see what else I could learn in the realm of food service and I did learn – a lot. I served as a cook at Hancock Hall in Danbury and at SUNY Buffalo. Most recently, I was the Director of Dining Services at Brookdale Chatfield, a Brookdale Senior Living Community in West Hartford. So now that I’ve returned, I feel like I’ve come full circle. I feel incredibly lucky to serve in my current position because it provides a great professional challenge yet I enjoy the freedom to be creative each and every day. I also enjoy sharing my passions for home beer brewing, craft beers and enjoying fine cuisine and conversation with residents, co-workers and friends. Our dynamic dining services team is eager and accessible to associates and residents alike. My wife Kathy and I live in Watertown along with our dog, Guinness. We love anything and everything to do with the great outdoors including gardening, hiking, kayaking and archery.