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February 16, 2015- The PR people who handle the super fancy restaurant called Atera had recommended to the chef that he give us an interview, but it never happened. This was just a month ago. Now, the NY Times reports that Mr. Lightner is leaving Atera at the end of March.
In an interview with the Times, Mr. Lightner gave no details of his future plans other than indicating that he is opening two places in New York. One wonders whether the Four Seasons restaurant to open next year might have Chef Lightner at the helm.
Perhaps he thinks he can do better and bigger things on his own. After all, Atera is an obscure place that is literally hard to spot if you are standing in front of it.
The NYT article goes on to explain, “Jodi Richard, the owner of Atera, has hired Ronny Emborg, a lauded Danish chef, to be the new executive chef. Mr. Emborg, 32, worked at El Bulli and Mugaritz in Spain, was the personal chef for Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and has most recently been at the Restaurant Marchal in the Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen. He is known for food that engages all the senses. In 2013 he published “The Wizard’s Cookbook,” with a price of $150. It sold out.”