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World’s 50 Best
1st 2004
Month of Review: Aug 2008

Worth a trip to the Napa Valley for a flawless meal at this world-class contemporary American cuisine with a classical French influence.

About the Chef

Chef Thomas Keller, named “America’s Best Chef” in 2001 by Times Magazine, is the chef and owner of The French Laundry. His cuisine is rooted in classical French cuisine. Yet with an incredible blend of innovative contemporary cuisine, it has surpassed the standards of its traditional French influences.

Chef Keller started his career as a dishwasher at the Palm Beach Yacht Club. He then quickly moved up to cook and it was here that he discovered his passion for cooking. Throughout his career, he worked in New York and apprenticed at various Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe.

In The French Laundry, Chef Keller believes in “the law of diminishing returns” – no matter how delicious a dish is, your appreciation level decreases with each bite. That’s why he presents you with multiple small dishes of tip-top ingredients from all over the world. Not only does Chef Keller possess exceptionally high personal standards, he also values genuine collaboration. Every member of the team is committed to a common goal of creating the perfect dining experience.

About the Restaurant

Chef Keller took on various consultant jobs and chef roles in the early 90’s. It was during this low point of Keller’s career when he discovered an old French steam laundry in Yountville. He spent more than a year to gather capitals from various investors to purchase this place.

Nested in the heart of California’s wine region, this stone residence is the home of one of the world’s greatest culinary spots.