Chef Matt Prentice dies after a brief illness at 62

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Matt Prentice

Longtime metro Detroit chef Matt Prentice, who once ran more than a dozen restaurants, has died after a brief illness.

He was 62.

Prentice died early Thursday morning due to complications from recent surgery, said his sister, Megan Kler.

Prentice was best known for the former Unique Restaurant Corp., which was the driving force behind many metro Detroit restaurants, including the former Coach Insignia at the top of the Renaissance Center (now Highlands), Deli Unique, Duet, Shiraz, Morels, Northern Lakes Seafood and many more. The restaurant group was later renamed the Matt Prentice Restaurant Group.

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Prentice was a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institue of America and native Detroiter. He’s known for starting the careers of many metro Detroit chefs.



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