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Matt Chappina

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Matt Chappina is the chef and co-owner of Heros & Villains at the Essex Market on the Lower East Side. H&V is a casual sandwich shop that takes unique and whimsical turns on classic fillings, condiments and pairings, offering sandwiches and specialties that evoke fond memories of your favorite place yet in a completely original setting. Heros & Villains combines the best elements of the local NYC bodega and mid-century American lunch counter; the food is ingredient- and technique-driven: a chef’s interpretation of the sandwich shop, where quick comfort-food is elevated by exceptional ingredients and... READ MORE

Matt Chappina is the chef and co-owner of Heros & Villains at the Essex Market on the Lower East Side. H&V is a casual sandwich shop that takes unique and whimsical turns on classic fillings, condiments and pairings, offering sandwiches and specialties that evoke fond memories of your favorite place yet in a completely original setting. Heros & Villains combines the best elements of the local NYC bodega and mid-century American lunch counter; the food is ingredient- and technique-driven: a chef’s interpretation of the sandwich shop, where quick comfort-food is elevated by exceptional ingredients and excellent service. Matt has been cooking professionally since he was sixteen years old. He has always found the casual-dining experience the most satisfying, a model that casts the widest net and welcomes every kind of customer. He has spent most of his professional career working in casual settings and recognizes that model’s shortcomings — a relaxed setting can benefit and greatly succeed from a level of focus and detail that is usually found in fine-dining. Before opening Heros & Villains with his partner Jason Cruz, Matt was the Culinary Director for Calexico where he oversaw the daily culinary operations of four restaurants in New York City, several food carts and franchise locations.

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