Chef Thomas Keller is known for his culinary skills and his exceptionally high personal standards. He has established a collection of restaurants that are among the best in the U.S. He designed the dinnerware for the Per Se and French Laundry restaurants, which is available through Raynaud.
Mr. Keller began his culinary career in Palm Beach, Florida, and in 1983 he relocated to France, where he worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants including Guy Savoy and Taillevent. In 1994, Keller took ownership of The French Laundry in Yountville, California, garnering nationwide acclaim. He now has eight restaurants and two bakeries in the United States, including Per Se and Bouchon Bakery in New York City.
Keller is the author of several cookbooks, including "The French Laundry," "Bouchon," "Under Pressure" and "Ad Hoc at Home." In dinnerware, Keller has collaborated with Raynaud and the design firm Level to create two sophisticated white porcelain collections named "Hommage" and "Checks." Both are used in his restaurants and the entire collection is available at Gracious Style.
Keller's accolades include "America's Best Chef" by Time magazine, "Best Chef" from the James Beard Foundation, and "Chef of the Year" by the Culinary Institute of America. In early 2011, Keller received the French Legion of Honor. Chef Thomas 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 edition.