An extension of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano, the first-ever world's fair that's all about food, the Mentor Minds series is a collection of shorts featuring interviews with some of the leading thinkers in food, art, business, and other industries. Last week the series released this installment starring chef Daniel Humm, whose work has earned multiple James Beard Awards and Michelin stars. His flagship restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, is currently the highest-ranking American property on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, occupying the no. 5 slot. Watch the video above for his reflections on his days as a young chef making "overcomplicated" food and how a meal at Michel Bras demonstrated the importance of evoking "feeling" in fine dining. Watch the complete Mentor Minds series here.
The USA Pavilion, themed "American Food 2.0," and Expo Milano are open through October.
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