“The first-ever comprehensive and authentic exploration of originality in contemporary cuisine. A Wealth of Insight is a true world atlas of creativity and innovation of the 21st century kitchen.”

From the Foreword by Chef Ferran Adrià of elBulli 1846 and elBulli Foundation, Five-time Winner of the World’s Best Restaurant

“A wide-ranging yet focused introspective on culinary creativity that dives straight into the motivations, setbacks and ultimate successes of gastronomic talent around the world. A Wealth of Insight is a remarkable inspiration for young and experienced chefs alike.”

Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of New York's Le Bernardin, La Liste's 2019 Best Restaurant in the World and holder of 3 Michelin Stars, New York Times bestselling author of 32 Yolks

"As someone who spent over a decade assessing the world's best restaurants as a Senior Inspector for Michelin Guides, A Wealth of Insight was particularly fascinating as it delves into the mindsets of these great chefs. Perfection, creativity, inspiration, and impact are all explored along with the pragmatism of mastering technique, leading a team, cataloging ideas, and learning from failure. The reader becomes a stagiaire, gleaning invaluable insights from those at the very pinnacle of the restaurant industry. The interviews are refreshingly forthright about the discipline, perseverance and passion needed to thrive. An enlightening and inspiring book for working chefs, aspiring chefs, restauranteurs, and gastronomes alike, I found myself nodding in agreement as interview after interview deeply resonated."

Heather Soto, Former Senior Inspector, Michelin Guides

A Wealth of Insight is a fascinating view into the life, mind and kitchen of many of the world’s greatest chefs. In my role as the leader of a large culinary school, I see A Wealth of Insight as a sophisticated and worldly instruction manual, not for cooking techniques, but for attitude. Every student at ICE should use Kanani’s book as a reference for career guidance, culinary wisdom and creative inspiration.”

Rick Smilow, CEO, Institute of Culinary Education, New York City and Los Angeles 

"Creativity often separates the leaders from the followers. Kanani’s A Wealth of Insight does an impressive job in chronicling and condensing the vast knowledge and experience on the subject garnered by many of the world's leading chefs. He also presents these insights in a way that is accessible, inspiring and compelling. This book is an essential resource for anyone aspiring to scale the heights of the culinary world."

—Dr. Tim Ryan, President, The Culinary Institute of America


A Wealth of Insight: The World's Best Chefs on Creativity, Leadership and Perfection (2019) profiles nearly 45 of the world’s best chefs who have collectively amassed nearly 100 Michelin stars, and who regularly appear atop the World's 50 Best Restaurants, La Liste, James Beard and other international rankings and awards. Together, they represent some of the most revered and legendary restaurants on earth. Featuring bite-size insights and stunning photography, A Wealth of Insight dedicates a chapter to each culinary icon and digs deeper into their creative process, unrelenting pursuit of perfection, and unwavering commitment to excellence in cuisine, leadership and service.