Thomas Keller is renowned around the world for his culinary skills, which have been awarded three Michelin stars as well as many other notable accolades.

Beginning his career at a young age, working in the Palm Beach restaurant, he moved to France in 1983 where he worked in several Michelin-starred establishments. In 1986, he opened his first restaurant in New York before moving to California. In 1994, Thomas Keller took ownership of The French Laundry in Yountville. After the success of The French Laundry, Keller opened Bouchon in 1998. Located down the street from The French Laundry, it serves French bistro fare, with Bouchon Bakery opening next door a few years later. Keller now owns 8 restaurants and two bakeries in the United States. 

In 2001, Keller was named "America's Best Chef" by Time magazine. In 2003, Johnson & Wales University conferred upon him the honorary Degree of Doctor of Culinary Arts for his contributions to the industry. His accolades include consecutive "Best Chef" awards from the James Beard Foundation and "Chef of the Year" by the Culinary Institute of America(CIA). In 2010 he was elected to the CIA's Board of Trustees, contributing his unique perspective and leadership to furthering the school's educational mission. Keller is the only American-born chef to hold multiple three star ratings by the Michelin Guide, having received a total of seven stars in the 2011 editions.


  • 3 Michelin Stars
  • Best California Chef in 1996
  • Best Chef in America in 1997




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