Ignacio Mattos is the chef and owner of Matter House, the team behind Estela, Cafe Altro Paradiso, Flora Bar and Flora Coffee. Born in Uruguay, Ignacio began his career in the kitchens of Francis Mallmann, Judy Rodgers, and Alice Waters. He moved to New York City in 2006 to become chef of the NoHo institution, Il Buco, and later opened Isa in Williamsburg, where his adventurous cooking earned the restaurant a James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2012. In late 2012, Ignacio opened Estela in 2013 followed by Café Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar + Flora Coffee in 2016. At Estela, Café Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar, Ignacio cooks food that is comforting and bold, reflecting his varied experiences and the cultures of New York City, the city he calls home. Ignacio was nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef NYC in both 2017 and 2018, and was a nominee for Best Chef in America in 2015 and a semifinalist in 2016. He is also the author of the forthcoming Estela cookbook, on stands from Artisan in October 2018.