Chef and Founder
Ignacio Mattos is the Chef and Founder of Mattos Hospitality, which comprises the quintessential New York restaurants estela, Altro Paradiso, and Lodi. Since moving to Manhattan nearly two decades ago, the Uruguayan-born chef has developed a bold style marked by deceptive simplicity, and built a reputation for creating elegant spaces that capture the energy of their city.
estela, Mattos' first restaurant, holds a Michelin star. Flora Bar, his beloved Upper East Side project, opened in 2017 as the flagship restaurant of The Met Breuer and went on to enjoy a wildly successful run until the museum closed last year.
Vice President of Operations
Nights spent working at her father’s restaurant in Vermont inspired a young Andrea Czachor to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City to join the Patina Group, and went on to climb the ranks at Danny Meyer’s Maialino, where she served as General Manager for five of the eight years she was part of the famed restaurant’s front of house team. Thanks to her ability to marry passion and process, Delicious Hospitality Group (Charlie Bird, Legacy Records) tapped Czachor as their Director of Operations in 2018, an experience which set the stage for her current role at Mattos Hospitality.
Sam Lawrence grew up in Melbourne, Australia and trained at such acclaimed restaurants as Bones, in Paris, before assuming the role of chef de cuisine at Estela in 2016. During Lawrence’s five-year tenure, the restaurant earned its first Michelin star, an achievement due in great part to his gifts as a teacher and a natural bond with mentor Ignacio Mattos. Today, as Culinary Director of Mattos Hospitality, Lawrence oversees the kitchen teams across Estela, Altro Paradiso, and Lodi, guiding menu development and creating the conditions for team members to thrive.
Executive Director of Food and Beverage
Jason Pfeifer grew up fascinated by flora and fauna. His interest in wild ingredients and the craft of cooking took further root during hikes of the Appalachian Trail, and in his late teens, while overseeing an organic farm and inn in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Jason went on to earn a degree from The Culinary Institute of America, serve as a chef de partie at Per Se, and lead the kitchens at Danny Meyer's Maialino and Manhatta before joining Mattos Hospitality in 2021.
Director of Operations
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, Lauren Miller began her career in restaurants in 2013. She has since worked with some of New York City’s most esteemed restaurant organizations, including Noho Hospitality Group, Union Square Hospitality Group, and Delicious Hospitality Group. After serving as General Manager of Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones, she joined Mattos Hospitality in 2021 to carry forward the culture and creative spirit that define estela, Altro Paradiso, and Lodi as the company embarks on a period of growth and evolution.
Guest Relations Manager
Geanna grew up in the kitchens of her Italian and Puerto Rican matriarchs. Their familial love was communicated through joyous gatherings with one common thread, food. Her fondness for these gatherings is what launched her restaurant career at the age of 17. She gained experience in fast-paced restaurants such as Buddakan, to more intimate settings such as La Mercerie. Geanna joined Mattos Hospitality as the Guest Relations Manager in July 2021. She is fondly referred to as ‘Geanna the builder’ by her reservations team, for her hands-on personality. She built the reservations department to be a tight knit team serving the greater Mattos Hospitality family with the highest standard of accommodation.
Colin grew up all over New England, with the majority of his time spent in Rhode Island and Vermont. He studied business and art history at Franklin & Marshall College before moving to New York City in 2015 to begin his career in marketing. He then transitioned into the food world cooking at west~bourne and studying at ICE. From there he moved on to Momofuku and Delicious Hospitality Group where he wore many hats, eventually cementing himself in operations. Colin spends his free time exploring new spots in the city with his friends, hosting dinners, and getting deep into a new show.
In Sidhika's five years of professional experience, she has worked in a variety of areas of Human Resources ranging from HR Operations to Talent Acquisition & Recruitment. She is passionate about working in Human Resources because she has the opportunity to connect with employees on a day to day basis and contribute to a belonging and inclusive workplace for all!
Jordana is a New York native hailing from Rockaway Beach, Queens. Over the past decade she has worked as a maitre’d and bartender around NYC at restaurants like Joseph Leonard and Hanoi House. After gaining her Master’s degree in Art History, Jordana spent time at Christie’s and the Lauder Family Art Advisory. In 2018, she became Chief of Staff at 150Bond, a strategic advisory firm to high growth tech start-ups and VCs. After 4 years she helped grow the company from 5 to 30 employees across the US, Ireland and London. She spearheaded their events program by arranging private dinners, customized launches, and cocktail receptions for c-suite executives throughout NYC, LA, San Francisco, Dublin & Davos for the World Economic Forum. Jordana is excited to bring her passion and range of experiences in hospitality and events to Mattos Hospitality.