Our Outstanding Chef award, presented by All-Clad Metalcrafters, goes to:
Eleven Madison Park, NYC
Daniel won Best Chef: New York City in 2010. Given the chance to host James Beard for dinner, he would serve New York–inspired dishes like Eleven Madison Park’s egg cream, Long Island clambake, and their take on New York cheesecake.
During his first week working in an American restaurant, the Switzerland native was introduced to the JBF website by his sous chef. He remembers thinking how honored he would feel if he were ever asked to cook at the Beard House. One year later, he was invited to do just that—and it was the start of an amazing relationship.