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Two Michelin starred chef Matthew Lightner of Atera, New York City’s young 18-seat restaurant, will travel to Austria to participate in the celebrated Guest Chef Concept at Restaurant Ikarus in Hangar-7.

Hangar-7 is a cultural and scientific space that houses a historical aircraft fleet, a collection of race cars, an art exhibit and Restaurant Ikarus. Since the opening of its doors in 2003, each month, Restaurant Ikarus has hosted a different celebrated chef.

Chefs come from all over the world to feature their own menus. Previous chefs include: Rene Redzepi, Joan and Jordi Roca, Massimo Buttora, Alex Atala, Grant Achatz, Rasmus Kofoed, Daniel Patterson, Jean-George Vongericheten and Daniel Humm, to name a few.

800px-Aussenansicht_red_bull_hangar-7_nachtHanger-7 by night.

The career of young Chef Lightner changed in 2007 when he was selected for a scholarship in Spain. There he met his mentor Chef Andoni Anduriz of Mugaritz, followed by a stint in Copenhagen’s Noma.

When Lightner returned to The States, he applied a natural perspective on modern cooking which built a foundation for his cuisine and the accolades received at Castagna, in Portland, OR. In 2010, Lightner was named one of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef in America.” In both 2010 and 2011, he received nominations for “Rising Star Chef” by the James Beard Foundation.


staffMenu briefing at Atera.

Atera opened its doors in March of 2012. Atera’s accolades include a four star review from New York Magazine, a three star review from The New York Times and after just six months of business, Atera received two stars from Guide Michelin. The restaurant is awarded 14th place on 2014’s Opinionated About Dining’s Top 100 US Restaurants (the highest-ranking new entry).

While in Austria, Chef Lightner will work closely with Restaurant Ikarus’ kitchen team to recreate the Atera dining experience: a thoughtful innovative and playful tasting menu that relies on Lightner’s innate connection to time and place.

There will be an option to include beverage pairings recommended by Atera’s Beverage Director and Sommelier, Scott Cameron.

Hangar-7May 2014 when Chef Martin Klein of Hangar-7 visited Atera.

This trip to Austria marks Lightner’s return to cooking in Europe. He will train The Ikarus kitchen team for a few days and the Atera menu will be featured through the month of September.

Reservations can be booked via this link.

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Photos by Signe Birck, European Travelista, Nathan Rawlinson, François Portman, Spanish Hipster and Hangar-7.