Daniel Humm

Eleven Madison Park (USA)

A native of Switzerland, Chef Daniel knew from an early age that his true passion was cooking. The son of an architect, Daniel took his inherited sense of structure and design and applied it to the kitchen. By the age of 14, Daniel had started his formal training with his first culinary apprenticeship. From there he went on to work at many of Switzerland’s finest hotels and restaurants, including the Michelin three-star Restaurant Pont de Brent, where he met his mentor, Chef Gérard Rabaey.

Soon thereafter, Chef Daniel accepted his first executive chef position at Gasthaus zum Gupf in the Swiss Alps. During his time there, he earned a Michelin star, and Gault Millau named him “Culinary Discovery in Switzerland 2002.”

In 2003, Daniel moved to the United States to take the position of executive chef at Campton Place in San Francisco. He immediately garnered attention for his innovative interpretation of contemporary French cuisine.

In 2006, Daniel joined Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group as the executive chef of Eleven Madison Park, quickly transforming the restaurant into one of the city’s top dining destinations. Under Daniel’s leadership, Eleven Madison Park was elevated to three stars by the New York Times in January 2007.

In 2008, the restaurant won a James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Service,” and Eleven Madison Park was designated Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, joining the ranks of one of the world’s most prestigious associations of hotels and gourmet restaurants.

In 2009, Eleven Madison Park received four stars from the New York Times and was awarded its first Michelin star.

In 2010, Eleven Madison Park was inducted onto the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Chef Daniel received the award for “Best Chef: New York City” by the James Beard Foundation.

In 2011, Eleven Madison Park received the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Restaurant in America”, moved up to #24 on the San Pellegrino list, and received three Michelin stars. It was in that year that he and Will Guidara purchased Eleven Madison Park from Danny Meyer.

In 2012, they went on to open the restaurant in the NoMad Hotel; Daniel Humm also received the James Beard Award for “Outstanding Chef in America, and Eleven Madison Park moved up to #10 on the San Pellegrino list.

In 2013, Eleven Madison Park was elevated to #5 on the San Pellegrino list of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants.

In 2014, Eleven Madison Park moved to #4 on the San Pellegrino list and the bar at the NoMad Hotel won the James Beard award for Outstanding Bar Program.