Chef-Owner, EMILY Pizza, Brooklyn, NY
Today he may helm the hottest new pizza joint in Brooklyn, but Matthew Hyland’s introduction to the restaurant world was as an information science grad, working part-time in a fine dining establishment and wondering if a culinary career might be his true calling. In classic New York City fashion, fate stepped in on the subway: noticing his chef whites, a stranger asked Matt if he was in culinary school. “I said no and he gave me his card,” Matt says. “It turned out he was a recruiter for ICE. I really took that as a sign and enrolled just a few days later.”
After externing at Public and working various positions in the culinary world—from garde manger to pastry to The Breslin’s opening administrative team—Matthew had the chance to become one of three partners behind Sottocasa, a pizza restaurant in his neighborhood. Within the first few weeks, Matt knew the partnership wouldn’t last, but that didn’t mean he was giving up the dough. Valuable lessons from that first venture in hand, Matt went on to create is own neighborhood pizza mecca, EMILY, with his wife in January 2014. As chef-owner, Matt was able to exercise full creative control, and his inimitable pies and exuberant love for his craft has garnered attention from even the world’s most discerning pizza lovers. Among the widespread acclaim, when Saveur ranked Brooklyn as their #1 food destination for 2014, EMILY was chosen as the borough’s must-try poster child.
To read an interview with Matthew, click here.
ICE Alumni Spotlight: a video featuring Matt Hyland. Click here to watch.