Interviews from 2018

10 Minutes with Grant Achatz

Following a four-year stretch at number one of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants, Alinea fell to second place in 2017. This year sees the New American standard-bearer return to the top spot as readers name Alinea 2018’s best restaurant in the world. We talk to the elated chef, Grant Achatz, about the restaurant’s creative evolution and what diners can expect [...]

10 Minutes with Daniel Humm

The recipient of three Michelin stars and a steadfast member of the world’s restaurant elite, Eleven Madison Park continually appears in the top five of our reader-voted restaurant ranking. We speak to the chef, Daniel Humm, about the evolution of the New York eatery. What makes your cooking unique? I’ve been cooking for 25 years, and I feel it’s only [...]

10 Minutes with Christopher Kostow

With its bucolic Napa Valley setting and passionate use of seasonal produce, the Restaurant at Meadowood’s appeal is as clear as day. But it takes much more than this to be placed among the world’s top restaurants, as the celebrated chef Christopher Kostow can attest. How do you define your style of cooking? We focus mostly on our farm, which [...]

10 Minutes with Franck Giovannini

Switzerland’s three-Michelin-starred Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville is the culinary domain of chef Franck Giovannini, who continued in the accomplished footsteps of the late chef-owner Benoît Violier. In this celebrated restaurant just outside Lausanne, Giovannini cooks up inspired plates that take you on a sensory journey. What is your approach to cooking? We not only use the local produce but [...]

10 Minutes with Ashley Palmer-Watts

On a dreary Monday afternoon in London’s Knightsbridge, we visited Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and found our afternoon considerably brightened thanks to a divine four-course lunch (including the famous ‘tipsy cake’). We sat down to speak with the restaurant’s affable head chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, about how he’s giving away meals worth hundreds of dollars, and about Dinner’s exciting new opening. [...]

10 Minutes with Pierre Gagnaire

Chef and owner of a collection of renowned restaurants, including his eponymous three-Michelin-starred establishment in Paris, Pierre Gagnaire is a culinary icon across the globe and a leader in modern French fine dining. The legendary chef lets us in on the secret to continually creating such innovative cuisine. What makes your restaurants special? I have restaurants in many places but [...]

10 Minutes with Heinz Beck

La Pergola is the first and only three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, and a regular entry in our Top 100 Restaurants. Chef Heinz Beck tell us about his favorite food markets in Rome and what his last meal on earth would be. What influences your creativity? Art, nature and the reality that surrounds me. What is your signature dish? Fagottelli La [...]

10 Minutes with David Muñoz

The creative force behind Madrid’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant DiverXO, ambassador for Nike and husband to the Spanish TV presenter Cristina Pedroche, David Muñoz is a chef with irrefutable celebrity status in his home country and beyond. We catch up with the chef at his sister restaurant in London, StreetXO, to find out about his famed cuisine. What makes your food different? [...]

10 Minutes with Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter is not looking to emulate anyone else. He’s on his own path at Brae to serve quintessential Australian cuisine. In his quest to deliver the very best his native country has to offer, Hunter grows ingredients on-site, presenting them simply and elegantly. A fine-dining experience that’s based on seasonality and sustainability, the food served here makes the trip [...]

10 Minutes with Brett Graham

Having led London’s sophisticated fine-dining restaurant The Ledbury to its two-Michelin-starred status, Australian-born chef Brett Graham is known across the globe for his exquisite cuisine. As The Ledbury once again claims its place among the world’s Top 100 Restaurants, the acclaimed chef talks to Elite Traveler about the dishes he’s had such success in creating. What can people try at [...]

2018 Chef of the Year: Eric Ripert

This year’s coveted Chef of the Year accolade goes to Eric Ripert of the acclaimed New York restaurant Le Bernardin. Not only has the French chef won plaudits and widespread commendation for his work at this three-Michelin-starred institution, Ripert has found a place in people’s homes through a collection of cookbooks and Avec Eric. This Emmy-award winning PBS show saw [...]

2018 Lifetime Achievement: Daniel Boulud

With a culinary empire that spans the globe — and a four-decade career — chef Daniel Boulud is an authority on decadent food and dedicated service. This year, as Daniel, his heralded fine-dining restaurant in New York, celebrates its silver anniversary, and Boulud receives the Elite Traveler Lifetime Achievement award, Boulud prepares for even bigger things to come. From his [...]

2018 Rising Star: John B Shields

High-end, Michelin-starred cuisine is always sought after, but sometimes you just can’t beat a good cheeseburger. The winner of the Elite Traveler Rising Star award, Chicago’s John B Shields, knows this all too well, and his wonderfully onioned double burger has garnered a cult following. At Smyth + The Loyalist, the twofer restaurant he runs with his wife, Karen, diners [...]

Interviews from 2017

Elite Traveler Meets Eneko Atxa

By Lauren Jade Hill It was chef Eneko Atxa’s upbringing in the gastronomically rich Basque Country that informed his future pursuit of creating truly outstanding cuisine. He is the chef behind three Michelin starred fine dining restaurant Azurmendi in the Basque town of Larrabetzu, where each refined dish that comes out of the kitchen reflects the destination it’s in. Here, […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to Grant Achatz

By Lauren Jade Hill Having earned three Michelin stars and garnered global attention, Alinea has become a name that’s associated with some of the world’s most innovative dining. It’s chef Grant Achatz who’s behind this modernist cuisine, so as Alinea comes in at number two on the list, he takes time out with Elite Traveler to talk about his food […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to Daniel Humm

By Zahra Al-Kateb With three Michelin stars, a four-star rating from The New York Times, and six James Beard Foundation Awards, it is no wonder Eleven Madison Park has once again been recognized by our readers, having come third on our list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the World for 2017. We caught up with the establishment’s head chef […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to Jonny Lake

By Samantha Coles After a sojourn in Melbourne last year, The Fat Duck has made a welcome return to our list. Providing more than just exceptional (and famously experimental) cuisine, The Fat Duck’s aim is to take diners on a nostalgic adventure. Head chef Jonny Lake tells us how his studies in physics and biology inspired his relentless curiosity. How […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to Dan Barber

By Lauren Jade Hill Celebrated for elevating farm-to-fork dining, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is lauded as one of upstate New York’s most innovative restaurants, and our highest new entry for 2017. We speak to chef Dan Barber about the cuisine he takes such pride in. What does being voted among the world’s top restaurants mean to you? It is […]

Three Stars for 40 Years: Andy Hayler talks to Michel Guérard

By Andy Hayler To attain three Michelin stars is the ultimate dream for any chef. One of those who achieved it is Michel Guérard, whose restaurant Prés d’Eugénie south of Bordeaux retained its third star in the France Michelin Guide 2017. What is remarkable about this is the chef first gained the third star in 1977, and has managed to […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to André Chiang

By Lauren Jade Hill Tucked into a three-story heritage shop-house in Tanjong Pagar, Singapore, Restaurant André continually garners accolades and rave reviews from across the globe. It’s here that revered chef André Chiang showcases his distinct culinary approach, Octaphilosophy, which brings together the eight elements he believes to be integral to gastronomy: unique, pure, texture, memory, salt, south, artisan and […]

Elite Traveler Speaks to Michael Tusk

By Zahra Al-Kateb Michael Tusk’s culinary career has gone from strength to strength. The chef and owner of San Francisco’s Quince is featured in our list for the very first time. Congratulations on being named within the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants. How does it feel? It feels great! At the end of the day, our guests are the most […]

Elite Traveler Meets Massimo Bottura

By Lauren Jade Hill As the founder and chef of the three-Michelinstarred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Massimo Bottura rose to great acclaim for challenging the traditions of Italian cuisine, injecting creativity and playfulness into his menus. In an interview with Elite Traveler, the chef explains the root of his inspiration: “For me, influence is found in everyday life,” he […]

Elite Traveler Meets Dominique Crenn

By Lauren Jade Hill Owing to the success of her two-Michelin starred, San Francisco-based restaurant Atelier Crenn, French chef Dominique Crenn has risen to culinary prominence, garnering prestigious awards for the accomplished cuisine she’s become known for. But for the celebrated chef, food is about more than just taste; it’s about a deeper connection with emotion. As Crenn is named […]

Elite Traveler Meets Joël Robuchon

By Samantha Coles From humble beginnings peeling potatoes with nuns in a French seminary to becoming an esteemed chef with the most Michelin stars in the world, Joël Robuchon is more than deserving of Elite Traveler’s Lifetime Achievement award. Applying this discipline to his craft, Robuchon is recognized as being the pioneer of post-nouvelle cuisine and is known for his […]

Interviews from 2016

Elite Traveler Speaks to Gordon Ramsay

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Michelin starred Chef and star of the small screen, Gordon Ramsay has been named Chef of the Year for 2016 by our jetsetting readers. Since opening Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998, he has gone on to win a number of prestigious accolades in the culinary world, eventually becoming one of only four chefs in the UK to […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Esben Holmboe Bang

By Codelia Mantsebo. With his perpetual exploration of nature and natural ingredients, Chef Esben Holmboe Bang has made a name for himself on the international gourmet scene, firmly putting Norway on the culinary map with Maaemo. Congratulations on being named the Young Chef of the Year 2016. Our list is voted for by our jetsetting readers (rather than food critics […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Eneko Atxa

By Codelia Mantsebo. Born in the Basque Country, where tradition is deep rooted in gastronomy, Chef Eneko Atxa of Azurmendi Restaurant is a solid reference in international haute cuisine. Atxa’s passion comes from the deepest, most intimate parts of his being – the admiration he felt for home-cooked food throughout his childhood. Atxa began his career at the early age […]

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The Best Restaurant in the World: Alinea

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Alinea is a restaurant that continues to break culinary stereotypes by shunning the stuffy hallmarks often associated with fine dining. The restaurant has defied expectations from the start, from becoming one of the first in the country to use science to manipulate the taste and texture of food, to introducing Tock, a ticketing system where diners pay […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Daniel Humm

By Codelia Mantsebo. Swiss Chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and the NoMad Bar, Daniel Humm has earned a reputation as one of New York’s culinary masterminds. His sophisticated cuisine focuses on the locally sourced ingredients of New York and has seen him gain numerous accolades around the world. By the age of 14, Humm had started […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Curtis Duffy

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Having already made a name for himself at Avenues and Alinea, Curtis Duffy’s own venture – a stylish restaurant in the heart of Chicago aptly named Grace – has seen him become one of the country’s most renowned chefs. Congratulations on being the highest new entry in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants and being named the […]


Interviews from 2015

The Best Restaurant in the World: Alinea

There’s always that underlying understanding that anything less than number one is not what we want to be,” Grant Achatz tells me, on the phone from Chicago.

Elite Traveler Speaks to Eneko Atxa

As a young boy growing up in the Basque County – a region widely recognized for its gastronomic cuisine – Chef Eneko Atxa watched his mother and grandmother, working for hours on end in the kitchen at...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Joan Roca

Widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca was originally founded by three brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi. Together, they have developed what was initially a small Catalonian...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Daniel Humm

Since becoming New York’s culinary wunderkind, Swiss chef Daniel Humm has been awarded an abundance of accolades, from a four star review in The New York Times to numerous James Beard Awards.

Elite Traveler Speaks to Joshua Skenes

Starting life as a humble pop-up and winning its third Michelin star last year, San Francisco’s Saison is a force to be reckoned with. Head Chef Joshua Skenes trained with the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Anthony Ambrose and is one of the most...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Sean Brock

Nominated for Young Chef of the Year, Sean Brock, the man behind Husk restaurants in Charleston and Nashville, describes himself as a chef and a preservationist. With a keen interest in heirloom ingredients, he is firmly focused on...

Interviews from 2014

Elite 100 Speaks to The Fat Duck's Heston Blumenthal

Combining a scientific approach with a love of British culinary heritage, Heston Blumenthal is a name that creates instant recognition across the globe.

Elite 100 Speaks to Grant Achatz of Alinea

He's the chef behind the famed Chicago restaurant that draws in guests from all over the world. Grant Achetz of Alinea talks to Elite Traveler about what motivates him as a chef, the changing restaurant scene and where he'd like to go next.

Elite 100 Speaks to Daniel Boulud of Restaurant DANIEL

Owner of one of New York's most famous restaurants, Lyonian chef Daniel Boulud has been an integral part of the city's fine dining scene for almost three decades.

Elite 100 Speaks to Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm

Since joining Eleven Madison Park eight years ago, Swiss chef Daniel Humm has forged a reputation as one of New York's culinary masterminds.

Elite 100 Speaks to Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert

A protégé of fine dining legend Joël Robuchon, Eric Ripert has carved out an enviable culinary career since taking the helm of one of the Big Apple's finest French restaurants, Le Bernardin.

Elite 100 Speaks to Azurmendi's Eneko Atxa

Achieving three Michelin stars within just seven years of opening a restaurant is no mean feat. But with his unique food philosophy and superb cooking skills, Azurmendi chef and owner Eneko Atxa has done just that.