DSC_3606 (2)Newark, DE–The Delaware Restaurant Association is shocked and saddened at the loss of one of our industry’s finest members, humanitarian and restaurateur Matt Haley.  “There is no one else I know that exemplified such passion and commitment for helping those in need” said Carrie Leishman, DRA President & CEO.  Matt’s commitment to service was fueled by the support he received during earlier struggles in his life.

His message was crystal clear and never wavered: anything is possible, and everyone deserves a second chance.  He is an inspiration not only to those in Delaware’s restaurant community, but to all those he has touched through his humanitarian efforts.

“My life is no longer about the center of the plate, but how I’m involved in my community, locally and globally.  I have a commitment to service because someone was there for me.”

–Matt Haley


From the Matt Haley Companies:

At approximately 11:25 pm EST, Sussex County humanitarian, renowned restaurateur and James Beard Award winner Matt Haley passed away. He was in a medijet transport from Leh, India to New Delhi, India. On Monday at approximately 4:05 am EST he had been involved in a high- altitude, high- impact motorcycle accident while on a 6 week humanitarian expedition through northern India and Nepal. Since 2011 Haley had traveled extensively and devoted significant time and financial resources to ongoing humanitarian efforts in the area. He was traveling with international film-maker and motorcycle expert Guarav Jani.

“The entire team at the Matt Haley Companies is incredibly saddened by this huge loss.  We will release more information as it becomes available” said Scott Kammerer, president and COO of The Matt Haley Companies.


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Haley family and the Matt Haley Companies.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the charity Matt founded, the Global Delaware Fund at PO Box 49, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 or www.theglobaldelawarefund.com