Five of the world's finest chefs on what it feels like to reach the top – and how to stay there

Laura Price - 10/08/2017

Header: Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi, Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca, Daniel Humm (image © Gianni Villa)

What does it take to become the very best in the world in your chosen field? How does it feel when you reach the top? And when you’ve achieved greatness, how do you maintain it? We asked these questions to five of the finest chefs on the planet, all of whom own restaurants that have been named No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants over the list's history.

The occasion of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’s 15th Anniversary seemed like the perfect time to gather five cheffing greats in one room. In his hometown of Barcelona, Ferran Adrià, chef-owner of the first ever No.1 in the list, El Bulli, welcomed his fellow cooks Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park (No.1 in 2017), Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana (No.1 in 2016), Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca (No.1 in 2013 and 2015) and René Redzepi of Noma (No.1 in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014).

As part of our new Best and Beyond series, presented by Miele, we asked these global super chefs about what they’ve learned over the course of their careers, how they continually strive for greatness and what nuggets of knowledge they’d like to pass on to future generations. From René Redzepi never truly believing that Noma was the best restaurant in the world to Ferran Adrià admitting he thinks he knows nothing, their answers were sometimes surprising, often entertaining and always inspiring.

Over the next three months, we will be taking you through the motivations and learnings of all seven chefs of the restaurants voted No.1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’s history, with five special videos released every couple of weeks.

Watch the trailer for Best and Beyond, presented by Miele, and stay tuned for the first video, starring Ferran Adrià, next week.

If you can't wait for the Best and Beyond videos, don't worry – you can watch the full playlist of speeches from #50BestTalks in Barcelona, featuring Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Joan Roca, Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi and Ferran Adrià.

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