Restaurateur, Eleven Madison Park, The #1 Restaurant in the World, Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, ‘Unreasonable Hospitality’
Will Guidara is the author of the National Bestseller Unreasonable Hospitality, which chronicles the lessons in service and leadership he has learned over the course of his career in restaurants.
He is the former co-owner Eleven Madison Park, which under his leadership received four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, and in 2017 was named #1 on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
He is the host of the Welcome Conference, an annual hospitality symposium that brings together like minded people to share ideas, inspire one another, and connect to form community.
A graduate of the hospitality school at Cornell University, he has coauthored four cookbooks, was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under 40, and is the recipient of WSJ Magazine’s Innovator Award.
Will in Action
“Will was incredible – completely the perfect fit for our event and ‘wowed’ the crowd. People were still buzzing about it this morning as they were heading home from the conference. He mentioned that we don’t use the word ‘awesome’ enough as adults…So I can sum it up with: He. Was. AWESOME!!”
“WHAT A DAY! Will is incredibly kind, smart, and fun! Our leaders loved Will’s keynote and said he was our best speaker of all our years doing this! It was wonderful! More to come as I get back in the office, but I wanted you to know how much I’ve enjoyed working with you, your team and of course, Will. You all have been wonderful!”
“Will had a phenomenal impact on our teams from both Paris and New York. His enthusiasm and passion for hospitality resonated with everyone. He offered out of the box thinking and ideas, and he delivered his message with genuine authenticity and emotion. He inspired so, so many of us, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with Will and his unique experience. Already the wheels are in motion at Hermes for Unreasonable Hospitality!”