Thomas Keller has a great personality and knows how to capture and audience’s attention. He and his landmark restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, in the Napa Valley, have won multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation, notably the Best California Chef in 1996 and the Best Chef in America in 1997, and the restaurant is a perennial winner in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World. In 2005, he was awarded the three star rating in the inaugural Michelin Guide for New York for his restaurant per se, and in 2006, he was awarded three stars in the inaugural Michelin Guide to the Bay Area for his restaurant The French Laundry. If you want the world renowned chef for a speaking engagement or endorsement, PGS is ready to work for you. We can take care of the Thomas Keller’s speaker negotiations and our expertise can save you time and money.
**Thomas Keller Speaker**
During summers when work was slow, he took cook’s jobs in Rhode Island. One summer he was discovered by French-born Roland Henin and tasked to his Dunes Club to cook staff meals. Under Henin’s study, Keller learned the fundamentals of classical French cooking. After the Dunes Club, Keller worked various cooking positions in Florida and soon became the cook at a small French restaurant called La Rive in the Hudson River valley in Catskill, New York. Thomas worked alone with the couple’s grandmother as prep cook. Given free rein, he built a smokehouse to cure meats, developed relationships with local livestock purveyors and learned to cook entrails and offal under his old mentor, Roland Henin, who would drop by on occasional weekends. After three years at La Rive, unable to buy it from the owners, he left and moved to New York and then Paris, apprenticing at various Michelin-starred restaurants. So the list of possible Thomas Keller speaker topics extends well beyond just the normal sports stories. A Thomas Keller speaker appearance will enhance any event.
**Thomas Keller Appearance**
On February 16, 2004, Keller’s much anticipated Per Se restaurant opened in the Time Warner Center complex in New York under the helm of Keller’s Chef de Cuisine, Jonathan Benno. Per Se, which was designed from scratch and custom-built as part of the overall construction process, was an immediate hit on the New York restaurant scene, with reservations booked months in advance and publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times giving rave reviews. The latest restaurant, “ad hoc”, opened in September 2006 in Yountville with a different fixed price comfort food dinner served family style every night. Thomas Keller appearance at your event or function is sure to be a hit with sports fans and non-sports fans alike. PGS can help secure a Thomas Keller appearance.
**Thomas Keller Endorsement**
For an endorsement of his speaking talents, in 2004 he published “The Bouchon Cookbook,” although he gives most of the credit to Bouchon chef Jeffrey Cerciello. Other cookbooks that he has written or contributed are The Complete Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook & Bouchon (2006), The Food Lover’s Companion to the Napa Valley and Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide. He provided the introduction to The Vineyard Kitchen: Menus Inspired by the Seasons by Maria Helm Sinskey. No matter what product or service you offer, a Thomas Keller endorsement is sure to help.
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