Between the Sheets at The French Laundry

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The clock above the kitchen door reads 10:30 a.m. The first wave of prep cooks — which have been here for more than five hours — are moving in accordance with Chef Thomas Keller’s simple reminder placard beneath the second-keeping clock: “A Sense of Urgency,” it reads. Which is exactly what is needed in order [...]

Auction Napa Valley: The Best Circus in Town

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Thomas Keller is happy. Chugging from a large cup of Bouchon coffee, he seems almost jovial on this Friday morning the first day of June. Even his neatly pressed, blue-apron-clad staff is smiling — heads down of course — as they prepare tiny cones of things that will be served to 2,000 people — professionals, [...]

The Thomas Keller Hagiography

If the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is the culinary equivalent of Coachella, then Thomas Keller is its Radiohead. And this year the chef served as something of a headliner, complete with a gauzy tribute video that played at the festival, and, at nearly 17 minutes long, serves as something of a fawning mini-biopic. [...]

Thomas Keller On Life, ‘Finesse’ and Everything

There are plenty of celebrity chefs who have their own magazines but with the definite exception of David Chang’s Lucky Peach most of them suck. They usually come off as thin retreads of other food titles, shallow vanity projects, schlock that the chef in question had little to do with, or worse. But Finesse, the semi-annual [...]

Why Thomas Keller Can Shill For American Express And It Not Be Bullshit

It’s easy to be cynical about Chef Thomas Keller getting all weepy and nostalgic for Yountville and his bay laurel tree while hawking for American Express, as he did in the above ad that aired during the Oscars last night. It’s easy because Yountville is a wine country theme park, and Keller is one of [...]

Breaking Bread: Bouchon Bakery Grand Reopens

Chef Thomas Keller at the grand re-opening of Bouchon Bakery in Yountville by Table To Grave.

They say man cannot live on bread alone. And that’s true even if the bread is from Bouchon and if by bread you also mean insanely rich pastries in addition to your baguettes and batards. Luckily Chef Thomas Keller’s bakery long ago added sandwiches and lunch snacks to its repertoire. Much of the Napa Valley [...]