Will Guidara '01
WILL GUIDARA is the co-owner of Make It Nice, a hospitality group that currently includes Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad restaurants in New York City, and Made Nice.
A native of Sleepy Hollow, New York, Will has been immersed in the restaurant industry since the age of thirteen. 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. He then went on to various roles throughout Union Square Hospitality Group, and from 2006, to 2012 acted as general manager of Eleven Madison Park. He is also the co-founder of the Welcome Conference, an annual hospitality-driven event held in Manhattan that brings together the best minds from the world of hospitality for a day-long discussion. In 2011, Humm and Guidara purchased Eleven Madison Park, and under their leadership, the restaurant has received numerous accolades, including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, and in 2017 was given the highest ranking on the San Pellegrino list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. EMP has also received seven James Beard Foundation awards, including Outstanding Service and Outstanding Restaurant in America.
In early 2012, Will went on to open the food and beverage spaces at The NoMad Hotel with Daniel Humm. At The NoMad, they have received a three-star review from the New York Times, one Michelin star, and a James Beard Foundation award. In 2014, the duo opened The NoMad Bar, which has earned a top spot on the World’s Best Bar list.
Will and Daniel have coauthored four cookbooks together: Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook, I Love New York: Ingredients and Recipes, The NoMad Cookbook, and the soon-to-be-published Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter.