Ignacio Mattos Culinary Voice

My Culinary Voice: Chef Ignacio Mattos

Tuukka Koski

At ICE, we make it our mission to help students find their culinary voice — that creative drive within each of us that determines how we express ourselves through food. Whether it’s a career training program, a recreational course in pie crusts or a special event featuring handmade pasta, we’ll give you the tools to hone your culinary creativity. Join us as we ask some of today’s leading food industry pros to share their culinary voice.

When it comes to his culinary voice, Chef Ignacio Mattos is all about the palate — and less about fussy presentation. The Uruguayan-born chef cut his teeth alongside Francis Mallman and Alice Waters — chefs who embody the principle of choosing simple, honest ingredients at their prime. As chef and co-owner of Estela, Café Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar, Ignacio opts for bold, direct flavors that are instantly recognizable and yet feel fresh and new. Take the burrata dish at Estela: a tuft of rich cheese whipped to creamy deliciousness and drizzled with an herb-y salsa verde. As he explains, “There has to be some element of surprise.”

Watch as James Beard Award-nominated Chef Ignacio Mattos describes his culinary voice.

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