Will Guidara

A native of Sleepy Hollow, NY, Will has been immersed in the restaurant industry since the age of 13. A graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Will began his dining room training at Spago Beverly Hills and attended culinary school in the North of Spain. In 2006, Will became the General Manager of Eleven Madison Park, where he spearheaded the transformation of the restaurant from a French brasserie to a fine dining destination. Under Will’s leadership, the restaurant has garnered four stars from the New York Times, five stars from the Forbes Travel Guide, three Michelin Stars, and the #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List. In 2012 he went on to open the food and beverage spaces at The NoMad Hotel which has earned three stars from the New York Times and one Michelin star. In 2017, Will and Chef Daniel opened Made Nice, a fast casual restaurant, and in 2018, they opened two West Coast outposts of NoMad, one in downtown Los Angeles and the other in Las Vegas. He is also a frequent guest speaker throughout the country, founder of the Welcome Conference, an annual hospitality event, and co-author of numerous cookbooks.