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For the past 25 years, Food & Wine editors have traveled across America searching for the most talented and exciting young chefs in the c...
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Atera, New York City

Matt Lightner (BNC 2010)
Before becoming a Best New Chef at Portland, Oregon’s Castagna, Matt Lightner trained at Spain’s famed modernist restaurant Mugaritz. Now in New York, Lightner creates tasting menus that blend his passion for nature with molecular gastronomy techniques. Case in point: A particularly beautiful course looks like a razor clam but the shell is actually an ultra-light baguette painted with squid ink, and the delicate baton is filled with a briny clam mousse. ateranyc.com

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