If you're not already familiar with Brazilian chef Alex Atala, you will be now: the superstar chef has been included in the 2013 Times 100 list of influential people in the world. Previous chefs who've received this honor include Rene Redzepi, Jose Andrés and David Chang.
Atala, who champions Amazonian ingredients, runs D.O.M. restaurant in Sao Paolo, which currently ranks fourth on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list and is often referred to as the best restaurant in South America.
Cook, public speaker, leader, activist...you name it, Atala has done it all. He's accomplished it while impressing colleagues like Redzepi, who wrote an introduction for Atala in Time magazine. Redzepi described Atala as being the most dedicated person in his field.
''Selflessly, he has surrended to the enormous task of shaping a better food culture for Latin America. His philosophy of using native Brazilian ingredients in haute cuisine has mesmerized the continent,'' wrote Redzepi, whose restaurant Noma tops the World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
Time magazine honored Atala by having international editor Bobby Ghosh prepare one of the chef's signature dishes. Watch below as he makes heart of palm fettucini in his home kitchen.
STAY TUNED: All eyes will be on Atala during the 2013 World's 50 Best Restaurants awards to be held on April 29th. Tune in to FDL for the live streaming of the ceremony, which is sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
Via Time 100