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The Food World’s Greatest Bromance Ends in Divorce

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Will Guidara and Daniel Humm embrace on stage in front of a World’s 50 Best Restaurants banner. Sam Tabone/WireImage/Getty

This post originally appeared on August 3, 2019, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

The major news this week is that Will Guidara and Daniel Humm, the front-of-house maestro and the venerated chef behind Eleven Madison Park, the NoMad restaurants and bars, and Made Nice, are ending their working relationship. Humm is buying Guidara out of the business for an unnamed sum (that is probably eight digits long).

Whispers of the potential split (paired with gossip over Humm’s relationship with billionaire Laurene Powell Jobs and rumors of trouble at the LA property) passed through the restaurant and hotel industries for much of spring and summer, but the pair officially shared the news with their staff of 1,300 this Monday.

Since the announcement of the split, the team confirmed their London restaurants — plans are in the works for a NoMad London and one in Claridge’s Hotel — will move forward as planned, but an events space at the International Center of Photography is being scrapped. Guidara, meanwhile, will continue to run his Welcome Conference and may pursue independent restaurant projects.

The breakup is momentous not just because the pair ran a successful and acclaimed group of restaurants, but because they were so public and earnest about their mutual love for each other, admiring one another in photographs, calling each other brother, frolicking in the sea together in suit pants and jackets.

If it looks too good to be true, hey, maybe it is.

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