Matthew Hyland Owner/Executive Chef of Emily, Emmy Squared and Emily WV, was born in Brooklyn. This is 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 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. Armed with a computer science degree, a pizza-loving girl on his arm and a passion for food, he enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and he’s been cooking ever since. To Matt, EMILY is an American pizza place that pays homage to the two places he grew up – the two pizza capitals of the world – New York and Connecticut. In April 2016, Matt and Emily opened EMMY SQUARED in Williamsburg, offering New York City’s first and only Detroit-inspired square pizzas in addition to nostalgic American fare. When he is not in the kitchen, Matt is looking at Google Maps, dreaming of clam shacks, keeping the secret “Matt” pizza under wraps and trying to convince Emily to eat dumplings.