Interviews from 2016

Elite Traveler Speaks to Gordon Ramsay

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Michelin starred Chef and star of the small screen, Gordon Ramsay has been named Chef of the Year for 2016 by our jetsetting readers. Since opening Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in 1998, he has gone on to win a number of prestigious accolades in the culinary world, eventually becoming one of only four chefs in the UK to […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Esben Holmboe Bang

By Codelia Mantsebo. With his perpetual exploration of nature and natural ingredients, Chef Esben Holmboe Bang has made a name for himself on the international gourmet scene, firmly putting Norway on the culinary map with Maaemo. Congratulations on being named the Young Chef of the Year 2016. Our list is voted for by our jetsetting readers (rather than food critics […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Eneko Atxa

By Codelia Mantsebo. Born in the Basque Country, where tradition is deep rooted in gastronomy, Chef Eneko Atxa of Azurmendi Restaurant is a solid reference in international haute cuisine. Atxa’s passion comes from the deepest, most intimate parts of his being – the admiration he felt for home-cooked food throughout his childhood. Atxa began his career at the early age […]

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The Best Restaurant in the World: Alinea

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Alinea is a restaurant that continues to break culinary stereotypes by shunning the stuffy hallmarks often associated with fine dining. The restaurant has defied expectations from the start, from becoming one of the first in the country to use science to manipulate the taste and texture of food, to introducing Tock, a ticketing system where diners pay […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Daniel Humm

By Codelia Mantsebo. Swiss Chef and co-owner of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and the NoMad Bar, Daniel Humm has earned a reputation as one of New York’s culinary masterminds. His sophisticated cuisine focuses on the locally sourced ingredients of New York and has seen him gain numerous accolades around the world. By the age of 14, Humm had started […]

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Elite Traveler Speaks to Curtis Duffy

By Zahra Al-Kateb. Having already made a name for himself at Avenues and Alinea, Curtis Duffy’s own venture – a stylish restaurant in the heart of Chicago aptly named Grace – has seen him become one of the country’s most renowned chefs. Congratulations on being the highest new entry in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants and being named the […]


Interviews from 2015

The Best Restaurant in the World: Alinea

There’s always that underlying understanding that anything less than number one is not what we want to be,” Grant Achatz tells me, on the phone from Chicago.

Elite Traveler Speaks to Eneko Atxa

As a young boy growing up in the Basque County – a region widely recognized for its gastronomic cuisine – Chef Eneko Atxa watched his mother and grandmother, working for hours on end in the kitchen at...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Joan Roca

Widely recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world, El Celler de Can Roca was originally founded by three brothers – Joan, Josep and Jordi. Together, they have developed what was initially a small Catalonian...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Daniel Humm

Since becoming New York’s culinary wunderkind, Swiss chef Daniel Humm has been awarded an abundance of accolades, from a four star review in The New York Times to numerous James Beard Awards.

Elite Traveler Speaks to Joshua Skenes

Starting life as a humble pop-up and winning its third Michelin star last year, San Francisco’s Saison is a force to be reckoned with. Head Chef Joshua Skenes trained with the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Anthony Ambrose and is one of the most...

Elite Traveler Speaks to Sean Brock

Nominated for Young Chef of the Year, Sean Brock, the man behind Husk restaurants in Charleston and Nashville, describes himself as a chef and a preservationist. With a keen interest in heirloom ingredients, he is firmly focused on...

Interviews from 2014

Elite 100 Speaks to The Fat Duck's Heston Blumenthal

Combining a scientific approach with a love of British culinary heritage, Heston Blumenthal is a name that creates instant recognition across the globe.

Elite 100 Speaks to Grant Achatz of Alinea

He's the chef behind the famed Chicago restaurant that draws in guests from all over the world. Grant Achetz of Alinea talks to Elite Traveler about what motivates him as a chef, the changing restaurant scene and where he'd like to go next.

Elite 100 Speaks to Daniel Boulud of Restaurant DANIEL

Owner of one of New York's most famous restaurants, Lyonian chef Daniel Boulud has been an integral part of the city's fine dining scene for almost three decades.

Elite 100 Speaks to Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm

Since joining Eleven Madison Park eight years ago, Swiss chef Daniel Humm has forged a reputation as one of New York's culinary masterminds.

Elite 100 Speaks to Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert

A protégé of fine dining legend Joël Robuchon, Eric Ripert has carved out an enviable culinary career since taking the helm of one of the Big Apple's finest French restaurants, Le Bernardin.

Elite 100 Speaks to Azurmendi's Eneko Atxa

Achieving three Michelin stars within just seven years of opening a restaurant is no mean feat. But with his unique food philosophy and superb cooking skills, Azurmendi chef and owner Eneko Atxa has done just that.