Matthew Lightner

Executive Chef

Matt’s pursuit of culinary excellence started in some of the world’s finest kitchens.  From Copenhagen’s renowned Noma to California’s L’Auberge alongside James Beard award-winning chef Paul McCabe, Matt grew roots in the ideologies of season and place.  In 2007, as one of fifteen chefs annually awarded the Young Chefs Culinary Scholarship in Spain, he met his mentor, Andoni Aduriz at Mugaritz.  There, Matt gained a very natural perspective of modern cooking that built the foundations for the cuisine that garnered him accolades at Castagna in Portland, OR.

In 2010, Matt was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs in America”, received nominations for Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation in both 2010 and 2011, and included in Restaurant Hospitality’s list of “10 Chefs to Watch” in 2010.  Most recently, he had the opportunity to showcase his talents to great acclaim alongside Napa Valley’s three Michelin starred Christopher Kostow for Meadowood’s 12 Days of Christmas charitable dining series.  Atera, Matt’s most ambitious venture to date, relies greatly on his innate connection to time and place to create a dining experience unique to itself.