But it's not all business for this talented chef who appears on the 2013 Time's 100 list of most influential people in the world. Atala had time to unwind with his pals David Chang and René Redzepi to brainstorm ideas for the MAD4 Symposium which he is co-curating next year. He posted this picture to his Instagram:
Atala also explored Queens with Sophie Brickman from The New Yorker. Together they browsed the aisles of Rio Bonito Brazilian supermarket in Astoria which, not surprisingly, did not carry one of Atala's favorite exotic ingredients: Amazonian saúva ants (which taste like lemongrass).