Thursday, 11 October 2012 00:00

NYC Spanish restaurant awarded two Michelin Stars

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Located in the trendy neighborhood of TriBeCa the 17-seat eatery has made it to the elite corps of gastronomic New York in less than a year.
Its owner and executive chef Matthew Lightner, a native of Oregon, was trained in Mugaritz, Basque Country, under the directions of Andoni Luis Aduriz. He participated in the Young Chefs Culinary Scholarship in Spain, an intensive 8-month training program created in 2007 by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) in response to the growing international influence of Spanish cuisine.

Since its opening earlier this year, Atera, which only offers 20-plus course tasting menus at $165 per person, has captured the attention of diners and critics alike. Impressed by the modernist cuisine served at Atera, Michelin has awarded two stars to the avant-garde inspired venue in his upcoming 2013 Red restaurant guide for New York City hotels and restaurants.
Lightner “shows a style of cooking that is not only unusual but pretty much unique in New York,” said Michael Ellis, international director for the Michelin Guide, during a phone interview, adding that at Atera “you find food that you will not find anywhere else.”

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