Alumni & Faculty

To date, the Academy has produced 800+ alumni from more than 60 countries and worked with a diverse range of international partners and collaborators across the hospitality industry.

Case studies & Interviews


5 Questions with César Garduño

Stories from MAD Alumni

We check in with César Garduño, whose career has taken some unusual turns in the last few years. The 30+year-old sommelier ended up working in a couple of places—first Dill in Iceland, now Credo in Norway– that could not be further, geographically or culturally speaking, from his home in Mexico City.

5 Questions with Karyn Tomlinson

Stories from MAD Alumni

Chef Karyn Tomlinson worked at TK in Minneapolis and Fäviken in Sweden before opening her first restaurant, Myriel. Two years later, Myriel has already become a semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Restaurant in the Midwest.

Interview with Ayesha Abdullah

Stories from MAD Alumni

“MAD helped me understand that the concept of food is very broad, and it’s not only about the kitchen… that I have other opportunities in food outside of working on the line.” — Ayesha Abdullah

Our faculty

MAD has access to some of the most exciting and insightful minds in and out of the industry. In addition to innovative chefs and restaurateurs, our faculty includes talented business coaches, brilliant scientists, and leading activists.

Matt Orlando


Johanne Schimming

Entrepreneur & farmer, Heghnsholt Farm

Monica Berg

Bartender and co-owner, 
Tayēr + Elementary

Deborah Mattson-Clarke

Leadership & Management Coach

Douglas McMaster

Owner and chef, Silo London

Minik Rosing

Geobiologist, The University of Copenhagen

Our alumni

MAD Academy alumni come from a wide range of the world’s most exciting restaurants, bars, and food businesses.

Tian am Spittelberg (Austria)
*Nobelhart og Schmutzig (Germany)
Fotografiska Tallinn (Estonia)
Rome Sustainable Food Project (Italy)
*Elbulli 1845 (Spain)
Miri Mary (Netherlands)
*Alchemist (Denmark)
Coffee Collective (Denmark)
*Noma (Denmark)
Mirali (Ukraine)
*Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenée (France)
*Le Doyenne (France)
Timberyard (Scotland)
*Oaxen Krog (Sweden)
SEM Restaurant and Wine Bar (Portugal)
Mariage Frères (France)
*Brat (England)
*Kol (England)
Sputnik Cocktail Bar (Bulgaria)

North America
*Tatiana (US)
*World Central Kitchen (US)
Hiyu Wine Farm (US)
*Eleven Madison Park (US)
*Benu (US)
Emmer and Rye (US)
Avling (Canada)
*Pujol (Mexico)
Mexic Amanera (Dominican Republic)

Central and South America
Viento Verde (Argentina)
Maré de Sabores (Brazil)
*Restaurante Leo (Colombia)
La Guaguaseria (Ecuador)
Cocina de Jardin (El Salvador)
Panito Bakery (Guatemala)

Asia and Australia
*Room4Dessert (Indonesia)
Dewakan (Malaysia)
Preludio (Singapore)
Onijum (South Korea)
Restaurant Ark (Taiwan)
Out (Japan)
Centro Hotels (India)
Manzé (Australia)
Market Lane Coffee (Australia)
Tanaman Restaurant (Australia)

Middle East and Africa
Hakasan Dubai (UAE)
Ha’Salon (Israel)
Happy Rabbit (Egypt)
Veld and Sea (South Africa)


*One or more Michelin stars