Award-Winning Chef Daniel Humm Selects His Favorite Works from Artnet Galleries

We chatted with the chef about his favorite work at the Met, his ideal way to unwind after a long trip, and his personal style.

Daniel Humm.

When it comes to the art of food, no one has mastered the concept better than Daniel Humm. The James Beard Award-winning chef started his career in the kitchen at age 14 and hasn’t slowed down since. But beyond leading famed restaurants and garnering accolades, Daniel is also an art enthusiast.

At Eleven Madison Park, where Daniel serves as head chef and owner, you’ll find a painting by Rita Ackermann and a sculpture by Daniel Turner featured in the dining room. At his newest venture, restaurant Davies and Brook at Claridge’s in London, a multi-part work by artist Roni Horn will be on display, marking the first time Horn’s work will be shown in a restaurant (the artist herself attributes it to her friendship with Daniel).

Recently, we chatted with Daniel about everything from his preferred dinner party menu to his current favorite podcast. Read on to hear more about Daniel’s favorites—including a selection of works now available on Artnet Galleries.

DANIEL’S FAVORITE…

Dinner party menu: Roasted chicken, any kind of roasted vegetable, and a nice bottle of wine

Artwork at the Met: Balthus’s Nude Before a Mirror, 1955

Objectively best ice cream flavor: Pistachio

Way to spend a Friday night: Catch a Dan White magic show

Place to grocery shop: Mitsuwa in Edgewater, New Jersey

Podcast: How I Built This with Guy Raz

Meal you ate in the last city you visited: Tea time at Claridge’s in London

Way to pass time on long flights: A nice documentary or a movie

Bucket list destination: I had a really incredibly inspiring trip to India a little while ago—would love to go back to explore more of it

Travel partner: My team. I love being able to share experiences and memories with them

Way to unwind after a long trip: Unpack and go for a run

Daniel’s Favorites from Artnet Galleries

“My personal style is very much about simplicity and effortlessness,” Humm said. “I’m a searcher for beauty so I love art, fashion, architecture, food, and design. I’m personally inspired by the way artists progress and evolve.”

Green and Pink Marilyn 11.23
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, Green and Pink Marilyn 11.23 (1970). Courtesy of Leviton Fine Arts.

Untitled
Dan Flavin

Dan Flavin, Untitled (1964–1974). Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

Pear III
Ellsworth Kelly

Ellsworth Kelly, Pear III (1965–1966). Courtesy of Susan Sheehan Gallery.

Étude pour le campeur
Fernand Léger

Fernand Léger, Étude pour le campeur (1953). Courtesy of Galerie Fleury.

Teeny
Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, Teeny (1938). Courtesy of ACA Galleries.

Illuminée
Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder, Illuminée (1970). Courtesy of Opera Gallery.

Sun Mirror
Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein, Sun Mirror (2019). Courtesy of 303 Gallery.

Cakes and Pies
Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud, Cakes and Pies (2006). Courtesy of Cynthia Drennon Fine Arts, Inc.

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