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The Lightner/Muñoz collaboration dinner at Atera

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Chef Lightner has behind him a range of renowned restaurants including four times voted “The World’s Best Restaurant”, Copenhagen’s Noma, but especially San Sebastián’s Mugaritz. In 2010 he was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs in America”, also receiving nominations for the Rising Star Chef award by the James Beard Foundation in both 2010 and 2011, and was included in Restaurant Hospitality’s list, named as one of the “10 Chefs to Watch”. Since opening in March 2012, Atera has earned numerous accolades including a 4-star review from New York Magazine, a 3-star review from The New York Times, a spot on Bon Appetit’s Best 50 New Restaurants list, Esquire’s Best New Restaurants list as one of the Chefs to Watch, and was, in 2013, named StarChefs’ Rising Star. Atera relies greatly on Chef Lightners innate connection to time and place to create a completely unique dining experience. The menu is a modern play on traditional flavors and is totally dependent on what is available daily therefore changing accordingly. The intriguing fine dining counter holds two stars in Guide Michelin.Chef Muñoz is a pioneer of food as art, as head chef of Madrid-based three Michelin Star restaurant, DiverXo. As a young alumni of high-end Asian stalwarts Hakkasan and Nobu, his specialty lies is fusion Iberian with Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Chef Muñoz is revered for his creativity, originality, and evasion of tradition. Similar to Chef Lightner the two are known to eschew expectations by presenting ingredients in unique and unexpected ways. Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides, was quoted as saying of his experience at DiverXO, “I’ve never seen anything else quite like it. He likes to play with expectations — a big piece of steak that turns out to be tuna cheek, beets that are actually a type of fish.” Until November 2013 there had not been a three-Michelin-star restaurant in Madrid for nearly two decades. Now that has changed with DiverXO, one out of eight restaurants in Spain with the highest accolade that the world’s most prestigious restaurant guide has to offer. Chef Muñoz, Culinary Ambassador of Madrid, was chosen to select a team of chefs from the Spanish capital who will showcase the most innovative cuisines of this city in different venues and NYC restaurants along the first week in November. The Muñoz/Lightner collaboration dinner is the leading star of this Madrid-endeavour. Directed by: Alan Gastelum Music: "Parentheses" by The Antlers