The much-anticipated debut from Esquire’s Chef of the Year, who runs one of the world’s 50 best restaurants
Ignacio Mattos grew up in Uruguay, where his first mentor was his grandmother. He gained proficiency in professional kitchens at an early age, working in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and far-flung places with Francis Mallmann, and then built on those skills at Zuni Café and Chez Panisse. Moving east, he was chef at Il Buco for five years before striking out on his own. In addition to Estela, he and his business partner, Thomas Carter, own Café Altro Paradiso and run the Flora Bar and Flora Coffee at the Met Breuer in New York City. Find him on Instagram @estelanyc and @ignaciomattos.