Essay on Thomas Keller Research

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Thomas Keller Research Paper April 14, 2011

Thomas Keller is a highly acclaimed, wildly successful chef based in Yountville, California but operating throughout the United States. He is a self-made success in the culinary industry whose tenacious pursuit of excellence and unwillingness to compromise has brought him from humble origins to the top tier of American chefs and restaurateurs.

He was born on October 14th, 1955 to a military family in Oceanside, CA at Camp Pendleton. Although born in California, it was during his teenage years in Palm Beach, Florida where he first became interested in cooking and got his start in the kitchen. During the summertime, he would
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Arriving in Calfornia, he soon landed a position as the Executive Chef at Checkers Hotel in Los Angeles. Not being one to stop long when in the pursuit of his own goals, he purchased The French Laundry in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. The French Laundry, which had actually been a French laundry business before being converted into a restaurant, won instant acclaim across the United States and under the now seasoned and skilled hand of Chef Thomas Keller, the restaurant thrived earning a Michelin three star rating and a Mobil five star rating among several other awards and commendations.

Due to the success of the French Laundry, in 1998 he was able to open up Bouchon Bistro down the street which provided a more moderately priced menu and a more relaxed atmosphere than the French Laundry. He joked at one point that he opened Bouchon so that he would have a place to eat after work at the French Laundry. Bouchon also saw great success and five years after the Bistro opened up, he opened Bouchon Bakery next door to Bouchon.

As Bouchon saw more and more success, he eventually opened a Bouchon restaurant in Las Vegas and began to expand his empire of restaurants beyond the Napa Valley. The ball had finally started rolling in his direction and as the momentum of his success increased, he opened more and more

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