At D.O.M. in São Paulo, widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world, you won't find traditional staple ingredients of fine dining. Caviar, foie gras, and truffles are all absent from the menus.
For the past 15 years, acclaimed Chef Alex Atala, a native of Brazil and the only chef named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013, has refused to import any ingredients traditionally found in the European kitchens in which he trained. Instead, he has scoured the lush bounty of the Amazon for indigenous produce and proteins, and crafted a cuisine steeped in classical techniques but distinctly and uniquely Brazilian.