Back in 2009, Matt Lightner caught our collective eye at Restaurant Hospitality as he was about to take the helm of Portland’s most beloved restaurant, Castagna. Before arriving in Oregon, Lightner took Spain by storm, touring the Andalucian olive presses, Iberian pig farms and Basque cheese caves, all while toiling at Spain’s celebrated restaurant, Mugaritz. We named him one of 10 to Watch in 2010, also knowing that he had apprenticed with Chef Rene Redzepi at Noma in ...

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