So, what's next for Atala? For starters, he's got a new cookbook in the works with Phaidon. Called Alex Atala: Discovering New Brazilian Ingredients, the book will debut in September.
The book is based on Atala's lifelong passion for cooking with native ingredients from the Amazon, a topic the chef discussed extensively in a video interview with FDL.
In his pursuit to rediscover Amazonian ingredients, Atala recently teamed up with a handful of experts in various fields to launch Instituto Atá, an institute founded to protect and promote native Brazilian ingredients.
The video below shows a preview of Atala's cookbook and takes you on a journey through the beautiful Brazilian Amazon. To check out a pictures of Atala's cookbook and pre-order a copy head on over to Phaidon's website.