Michelin-Starred Restaurant Reopens as Meal Kitchen

Michelin-Starred Restaurant Reopens as Meal Kitchen
Fine dining takes a different turn, Photo Credit: Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park, a fine dining mecca in New York, has regrouped to feed first-responders

OT Staff
April 08 , 2020
04 Min Read

Eleven Madison Park is one of the world’s best restaurants.  

No, seriously. 

It’s got three Michelin stars, topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017, and has a year-round line of reservations. Diners eagerly wait for their prized lunch and dinner spots, as Chef Daniel Humm and his team dish out multi-course menus. There’s great, botanical-infused cocktails, and much tableside pampering. But how does fine dining remain relevant during a crisis?  

Most posh restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, depending on take-away meals and skeletal staff. The Michelin-starred Joan Roca told OT last week how plasticity was the keyword for the industry today, as eateries prep to get back in the game. And one of the first giants to return has been Eleven Madison Park. 

In a recent Instagram post, Humm announced the restaurant would be pivoting its operations to serve first-responders who are battling the COVID-19 crisis. The luxe restaurant has temporarily turned into a commissary kitchen, as chefs cook thousands of meals for emergency workers and the needy. 

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A post shared by Daniel Humm (@danielhumm) on Apr 1, 2020 at 11:17am PDT

“I need to help New York City—it's given so much to me,” said Humm. “We are blessed to have a beautiful and spacious restaurant and kitchen, we have a team that is looking to work, to cook; The city needs food to help those in need.” Humm had earlier shut his doors owing to the pandemic, as is seen from the dark, empty kitchen in the post. 

The team of chefs is working with Rethink Food NYC, a non-profit that distributes excess food to underserved communities, and American Express. About 2,000 meals a day are being packed and shipped across the city. Items inside include chicken rice with roasted cauliflower, and romesco pasta with focaccia bread. 

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Thank to all who are working on the frontlines during this crazy time. It must feel like going to a battle field, saving lives and putting yours on the line. You guys are heroes!! Happy to bring a smile to your face and a meal to nurture. Much love. #makeitnice #makeitnicetogether

A post shared by Daniel Humm (@danielhumm) on Apr 6, 2020 at 1:47pm PDT

The restaurant, owned by the Make it Nice hospitality group, has received overwhelming support for its decision. As of today, Humm’s post has over 24,000 likes.

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