Alex Atala

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Alex Atala
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Milad Alexandre Mack Atala

(1968-06-03) 3 June 1968 (age 54)
Occupation(s)Chef, restaurateur
Known forChef of D.O.M.

Milad Alexandre Mack Atala (born June 3, 1968) is a Brazilian chef of Irish and Palestinian ancestry, who runs the restaurant D.O.M. (Latin abbreviation of Deo optimo maximo) in São Paulo. In May 2012, D.O.M. was rated the 4th best restaurant in the world by the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants,[1] published by Restaurant magazine. His establishment also holds the title of "Acqua Panna Best Restaurant In South America." He's known for transforming traditional Brazilian dishes, adapting French and Italian culinary techniques to native Brazilian ingredients. Atala also hosted a television show on Brazilian TV channel GNT. In 2013, he founded Atá, an institute about relation with food, with Roberto Smeraldi and Carlos Alberto Ricardo, among others.[2] In 2019, Atala and his institute were accused of misappropriating the name "Cerrado vanilla" by registering it as a commercial name at the Brazilian Institute for Industrial Property (INPI), without prior consultation to rural communities who traditionally use the ingredient in their food cultures.[3] In 2020, Atala was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.[4]


  • Por uma Gastronomia Brasileira - Alex Atala - Editora Bei, 2003 - ISBN 85-86518-35-2
  • Com Unhas, Dentes & Cuca - Alex Atala - Editora Senac, 2008
  • Escoffianas Brasileiras - Alex Atala - Editora Larousse Brasil, 2008 - ISBN 978-85-7635-254-9


Alex Atala has appeared in Chef's Table Season 2, Episode 2.[5]


  1. ^ "The World's 50 Best Restaurants | The List and Awards". UI - 50B - Restaurants - GLOBAL. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. ^ "ATÁ". Archived from the original on 2018-04-29. Retrieved 2018-05-24.
  3. ^ Alex Atala registra marcas da baunilha do Cerrado, alimento tradicional dos quilombolas
  4. ^ "o dito cujo". Boteco do JB. 2020-05-20. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. ^ Morabito, Greg (2018-09-28). "'Chef's Table': Alex Atala's Journey From Punk Rocker to Brazilian Culinary Superstar". Eater. Retrieved 2021-03-07.

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