Corn is one of my absolute favorites during the summer season. To prepare it I use two of my favorite favorite kitchen tools: a microplane and a corn zipper. The corn zipper is really great in getting corn off the cob quickly and fairly mess free. The flavor combination here works really well: A little bit of butter and a good amount of lime juice married with local manchego cheese microplaned on top with a touch of chili flakes. To prepare the corn, throw it into the oven or grill without husking so it will keep the flavors and won’t dry out.

Dan Kluger is the chef at ABC Kitchen in New York City. In 2012, ABC Kitchen was recognized as the Best New Restaurant by the influential James Beard Foundation. In the same year Kluger was also named Best New Chef by Food & Wine. He served this corn dish at the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, an annual rich person and foodie confab that honors the Best New Chefs.