Interviews from 2019

Franck Giovannini on Claiming Top Spot With Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville

Set to a soundtrack of chiming pots and pans, Franck Giovannini speaks to us from the kitchen of Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville about storming in to claim the coveted number one spot of Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Restaurants 2019. “It is unbelievable,” he says “We are very happy, as we put a lot of energy and love into everything [...]

Anne-Sophie Pic on Winning Elite Traveler's Chef of the Year

On a blustery day in London, I meet Anne-Sophie Pic in the elegant Art Deco-style bar at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where her restaurant, La Dame de Pic London (this year’s number 96 in Elite Traveler’s Top 100 Resturants), is located. It’s the morning after their International Women’s Day dinner; Pic invited Clare Smyth (of Core, [...]

Guy Savoy on Winning the Lifetime Achievement Award

The first thing chef Guy Savoy says to me is, “Merci.” Savoy is a world-renowned chef, proprietor of one of Paris’s most swoon-worthy restaurants and the winner of Elite Traveler’s Lifetime Achievement Award, yet his first impulse is to give thanks. This humility coupled with fierce pride in his team, his purveyors and France’s prestigious gastronomic traditions define his approach [...]

Vladimir Mukhin on Reconstructing Russian Cuisine

Forget all you know (or think you know) about Russian cuisine. Chef Vladimir Mukhin, named Elite Traveler’s Rising Star, aims to tell a different story of his country through food, one that celebrates Russia’s cooking traditions from the pre-Soviet era. Mukhin’s journey in the kitchen started at a young age: His mother, father, grandmother and grandfather were chefs, and he [...]

Virgilio Martinez on the Global Rise of Peruvian Cuisine

In recent years, Peru has established what is now one of the world’s most talked about cuisines. Lima is at the heart of this culinary movement, and Virgilio Martínez is one of the chefs responsible for its global prominence. This year marks Central’s entry into our Top 100 Restaurants. “It feels good to be included, and in such good company,” [...]

Jan Hartwig on Atelier Breaking into the Top 100 Restaurants 2019

Jan Hartwig has made quite an impression on Munich’s burgeoning fine-dining scene. The Helmstedt, Germany-born chef arrived at Hotel Bayerischer Hof’s restaurant Atelier in 2014, and was soon awarded a Michelin star, then earned a second star in 2015. The restaurant jumped from two to three stars in the Michelin Guide to Germany 2018. This year, Atelier made its debut [...]

Michael White on Marea, the 'Italian mecca of the Midwest'

Since it opened 10 years ago, Marea has become a cornerstone of the New York dining scene. Chef Michael White’s coastal Italian cuisine has won many accolades over the years, including two Michelin stars and, when it opened, the James Beard Award for best new restaurant. White isn’t one to rest on his laurels, though, and this year will open [...]

Enrique Olvera on Defining Haute Mexican Cuisine at Pujol

Minutes into speaking with Enrique Olvera, founder and head chef of Pujol in Mexico City and Cosme in New York, it became very clear just how humble he is. “The award is for the restaurant, not for myself,” Olvera says of appearing on our Top 100 Restaurants list for both Cosme and Pujol. “It is truly a team effort. Having [...]

Mauro Colagreco on the Risks Behind Mirazur's Success

It was after working with culinary greats Bernard Loiseau and Alain Ducasse that Italo-Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco decided to open his own restaurant on the Côte d’Azur. Now, Mirazur is among the world’s most highly rated places to eat and one of the highest climbers (80th to 69th) in the Elite Traveler Top 100 Restaurants this year. This impressive jump [...]

Clare Smyth on Breaking Boundaries and Convention

As the first female chef to work at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay (who famously ate his words when he said she wouldn’t last — the restaurant held three Michelin stars for a decade with her at the helm), an MBE, caterer to the Royal Wedding, and now owner of her own restaurant, Core, you’d think Clare Smyth would be used to [...]

Ed Tinoco on His Rapid Rise at Next Restaurant

Earlier this year, at just 28 years old, Ed Tinoco took the reins as executive chef of Next Restaurant in Chicago, making him the youngest chef in the Alinea Group portfolio of restaurants. How did he rise so quickly? You could say he got a taste of being a chef growing up, when he cooked for his family. “My responsibility [...]

Julien Tongourian on Honoring Joël Robuchon's Legacy

Since the passing of legendary French chef Joël Robuchon last year, Julien Tongourian has continued to preserve his legacy through impeccable French cuisine at three-Michelin-starred Robuchon au Dôme in Macau. Tongourian began working with Robuchon in 2000, when he started as a commis chef at Laurent in Paris before moving to Hong Kong and Macau. “I worked with Robuchon for [...]

Joan Roca on Keeping El Celler de Can Roca at the Top

Joan Roca is a culinary force. In partnership with his brothers, Jordi and Josep, the distinguished chef has made an indelible mark on fine dining, with innovation occurring every day in his kitchen. It’s no surprise, then, that El Celler de Can Roca is an unwavering inclusion in our Top 100 Restaurants. “It’s an important acknowledgment for us,” Roca says, [...]