Daniel Humm on What’s Better Than Being #1

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Daniel Humm made news with a recent announcement that his award-winning restaurant Eleven Madison Park would be an all vegan restaurant when it reopens in June 2021. Daniel Humm joined Add Passion and Stir in late 2020 to talk about the pandemic has given him new purpose and the opportunity to evaluate his role in the industry.

What truly gives you meaning and purpose? Eleven Madison Park (NYC) Chef and Owner Daniel Humm discusses how the pandemic has given him new purpose and his advice to other luxury brands. “If we want to continue the way we’ve done things, I believe 5 years from now, 10 years or maybe already next year, it will be irrelevant and empty,” he says. During COVID, Humm transformed Eleven Madison Park into a food provider of 5,000 meals a day in partnership with Rethink Food NYC. “The recipe I want to really share with the world is the recipe of doing what we’re doing, but also feeding the people in need, under one roof,” he says.

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Daniel Humm

Daniel Humm

Chef and Owner // Eleven Madison Park
Daniel Humm is the Chef and Owner of Make It Nice, which includes Eleven Madison Park, Made Nice, and Davies and Brook at the Claridge’s Hotel. A native of Switzerland, Humm began working in kitchens at the age of 14 before earning his first Michelin star at the age of 24. At Eleven Madison Park, Humm led the team in receiving numerous accolades: four stars from the New York Times, James Beard Foundation Awards including Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Restaurant in America, three Michelin stars, and the #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017. In 2021, Humm announced that Eleven Madison Park would move to a vegan menu in response to the what Humm believes to be a "food system [that] is simply not sustainable."
Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

A fine dining restaurant located in the heart of New York City, Eleven Madison Park has received numerous accolades, including four stars from The New York Times, seven James Beard Foundation Awards, three Michelin Stars, and the #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017. In 2021, Humm announced that Eleven Madison Park would reopen with an all vegan menu.
Rethink Food NYC

Rethink Food NYC Inc.

Rethink Food NYC Inc is a non-profit organization that utilizes food excess from restaurants, grocery stores and corporate kitchens to create new and nutritious meals for those in need.

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