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Interviews 2018

From molecular gastronomy to the classic coq au vin, elite dining is one of the biggest joys of a private jet lifestyle. Join us as we explore the world’s best restaurants.

10 Minutes with Grant Achatz

By Lauren Hill

Following a four-year stretch at number one of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants, Alinea fell to second place in 2017. This year sees the New American standard-bearer return to the top spot as readers name Alinea 2018’s best restaurant in the world. We talk to the elated chef, Grant Achatz, about the restaurant’s creative evolution and what diners can expect […]

10 Minutes with Daniel Humm

By Lauren Hill

The recipient of three Michelin stars and a steadfast member of the world’s restaurant elite, Eleven Madison Park continually appears in the top five of our reader-voted restaurant ranking. We speak to the chef, Daniel Humm, about the evolution of the New York eatery. What makes your cooking unique? I’ve been cooking for 25 years, and I feel it’s only […]

10 Minutes with Christopher Kostow

By Lauren Hill

With its bucolic Napa Valley setting and passionate use of seasonal produce, the Restaurant at Meadowood’s appeal is as clear as day. But it takes much more than this to be placed among the world’s top restaurants, as the celebrated chef Christopher Kostow can attest. How do you define your style of cooking? We focus mostly on our farm, which […]

10 Minutes with Franck Giovannini

By Lauren Hill

Switzerland’s three-Michelin-starred Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville is the culinary domain of chef Franck Giovannini, who continued in the accomplished footsteps of the late chef-owner Benoît Violier. In this celebrated restaurant just outside Lausanne, Giovannini cooks up inspired plates that take you on a sensory journey. What is your approach to cooking? We not only use the local produce but […]

10 Minutes with Ashley Palmer-Watts

By Samantha Coles

On a dreary Monday afternoon in London’s Knightsbridge, we visited Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and found our afternoon considerably brightened thanks to a divine four-course lunch (including the famous ‘tipsy cake’). We sat down to speak with the restaurant’s affable head chef, Ashley Palmer-Watts, about how he’s giving away meals worth hundreds of dollars, and about Dinner’s exciting new opening. […]

10 Minutes with Pierre Gagnaire

By Lauren Hill

Chef and owner of a collection of renowned restaurants, including his eponymous three-Michelin-starred establishment in Paris, Pierre Gagnaire is a culinary icon across the globe and a leader in modern French fine dining. The legendary chef lets us in on the secret to continually creating such innovative cuisine. What makes your restaurants special? I have restaurants in many places but […]

10 Minutes with Heinz Beck

By Samantha Coles

La Pergola is the first and only three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, and a regular entry in our Top 100 Restaurants. Chef Heinz Beck tell us about his favorite food markets in Rome and what his last meal on earth would be. What influences your creativity? Art, nature and the reality that surrounds me. What is your signature dish? Fagottelli La […]

10 Minutes with David Muñoz

By Lauren Hill

The creative force behind Madrid’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant DiverXO, ambassador for Nike and husband to the Spanish TV presenter Cristina Pedroche, David Muñoz is a chef with irrefutable celebrity status in his home country and beyond. We catch up with the chef at his sister restaurant in London, StreetXO, to find out about his famed cuisine. What makes your food different? […]

10 Minutes with Dan Hunter

By Sam Forsdick

Dan Hunter is not looking to emulate anyone else. He’s on his own path at Brae to serve quintessential Australian cuisine. In his quest to deliver the very best his native country has to offer, Hunter grows ingredients on-site, presenting them simply and elegantly. A fine-dining experience that’s based on seasonality and sustainability, the food served here makes the trip […]

10 Minutes with Brett Graham

By Lauren Hill

Having led London’s sophisticated fine-dining restaurant The Ledbury to its two-Michelin-starred status, Australian-born chef Brett Graham is known across the globe for his exquisite cuisine. As The Ledbury once again claims its place among the world’s Top 100 Restaurants, the acclaimed chef talks to Elite Traveler about the dishes he’s had such success in creating. What can people try at […]