Interview: Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park

JBF senior editor Anna Mowry interviews Daniel Humm and Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara are winding down after a packed 2011, which included a coveted third star from Michelin, a JBF Award for Outstanding Restaurant, a new cookbook, and complete ownership of their restaurant, which was previously run by Danny Meyer. We sat down with them to talk about their inspirational book tour, the reinvention of EMP, and surprisingly ambitious home cooks.

JBF: In the book you talk about taking an annual trip to find inspiration. Where did you go this year?

Will Guidara: We’ve taken a lot of trips this year, but I think the most impactful trip has been our book tour, which included stops in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Boston. We talk about this in the book, but what rings truer every time we go away is the perspective we

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Giveaway: Win a Signed Copy of Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

We’re officially at the height of cookbook season, with fresh releases dropping almost daily. Today brings one of the year’s most anticipated titles, Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook (Little, Brown & Company), from the restlessly ambitious restaurant that has made an assured climb into New York City’s highest stratum of dining. The book beams with an airy and pristine design that makes the photographs of Daniel Humm’s intricate food sparkle like stained glass. Among the challenging, seasonally sorted recipes are essays by general manager Will Guidara, which chronicle the restaurant’s journey from a casual brasserie to a four-star destination and the winner of the JBF Award for Outstanding Restaurant. It also reads like a manual to Danny Meyer’s signature approach to the restaurant business, with lessons on subjects like excellence, collaboration, and reinvention. Even cooks who may not be up for tackling uni

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