Atera chef Matt Lightner is an alum of Noma, Copenhagen's/The World's most fascinating restaurant since the closing of Spain's El Bulli. Rene Redzepi is Noma's chef and he is a founding father of what is being referred to as New Nordic Cuisine. Platt's review of Atera is another wave in the tsunami of attention being thrown in the general direction of Scandinavia.
Acme was awarded two stars by Pete Wells a few weeks ago. The chef? Noma vet Mads Reflund. Frej is a pop-up at Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg, serving a $45, five-course, Nordic influenced tasting menu three nights a week to anyone lucky enough to land a reservation. The guys at Lucky Peach hung out with Rene in Issue #2, and in Issue #3, David Chang himself mentions the significance a stage at Noma means to an aspiring chef, and that commitment and discipline in the kitchen are just as relevant to technique and ingredients when it comes to Noma's success.
An article in The Wall Street Journal talks about "Life Beyond Noma," and discusses the culinary trend that has resulted as more and more chefs are passing through Noma's kitchen.