5 Questions with Sean Gabbiani

5 Questions with Sean Gabbiani

Asked where he is from, Sean Gabbiani usually responds with “It’s complicated.” Half American, half Italian, born in France and raised in a handful of European cities, the multilingual (six and counting) chef and two-time MAD Academy alum has called many places home,...
5 Questions with Laura Cabrera

5 Questions with Laura Cabrera

At just 21, Laura Cabrera found herself as head chef at Nectar, one of Mexico’s top restaurants. “I was almost crying every night,” she recalls. “I was suddenly put in this huge position, and I didn’t know what to do.” Now, more than 10 years later, Laura is running...
5 Questions with Jack Feeny

5 Questions with Jack Feeny

British chef Jack Feeny arrived at MAD Academy in 2021 with a good deal of knowledge about sustainability under his belt: in fact, he had already published a manual, produced with the help of other chefs and called No Mise En Plastic (get it?) that offered tested...
5 Questions with Garima Arora

5 Questions with Garima Arora

When Indian-born chef Garima Arora came to MAD Academy in 2019, Gaa, her Bangkok restaurant, was barely two years old. But she was already piling up the accolades. Last year was the best ever: not only did Gaa make it onto the World’s 50 Best List, but also received...
5 Questions with Shiv Menon

5 Questions with Shiv Menon

After country-hopping since he was 16, from the Seychelles to France, India to the Maldives, two things were important to Shiv Menon: diving and biodynamic wine. So, naturally, when asked to join the MICHELIN Green-starred BOCA in Dubai —leaders in sustainable...