Matt Hyland was born in Brooklyn NY, where his parents read him sarcastic quips from Zagat before bed, and he adopted a lifestyle of eating pizza and dumplings that continues to this day. When his family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, Matt quickly picked up playing lacrosse, which in retrospect was a solid ten years of training to use a pizza peel. After college in Rhode Island, Matt moved back to New York, enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and has been cooking ever since. To Matt, EMILY is an American pizza place that is an homage to the two places Matt grew up – the two pizza capitals of the world – New York and Connecticut. When he is not in the kitchen he is looking at Google Maps, dreaming of clam shacks, the perfect dumpling and keeping the secret “Matt” pizza under wraps.