Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. America’s top chef Thomas Keller will be hosting a special Labor Day weekend event filled with culinary delights for a few select guests; proceeds will go to his nonprofit organization for future chefs.
Company: Thomas Keller Restaurant Group
What Made Him Haute: The James Beard Foundation named Thomas Keller Best California Chef in 1996 and Best Chef in America in 1997. In 2005, his New York restaurant Per Se received three Michelin stars. In 2006, The French Laundry in Napa Valley became the first restaurant in the Bay Area to receive three Michelin stars. That made Keller the only American chef (and one of two in the world) to hold two Michelin three-star ratings simultaneously. And don’t forget about Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery and Ad Hoc.
What Makes Him Haute Now: This Labor Day weekend celebrated chef Thomas Keller will feature a lineup of exclusively prepared meals at his award-winning restaurants, The French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc. The exceptional weekend will start Friday, Sept. 3, with Keller hosting a dinner for 60 select guests in The French Laundry’s Culinary Garden, where he grows specialty produce for his restaurants. The evening’s menu will include samplings from Keller’s French bistro, Bouchon. Keller will join his company for the al fresco dinner overlooking the serene Napa Valley. On Saturday the chef extraordinaire will put on a private cooking demonstration at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone campus.
Then it’s back to The French Laundry, his Michelin three-starred restaurant, for a signature nine-course chef’s tasting menu. To conclude the delectable weekend guests will enjoy a casual Sunday brunch at the celebrated Ad Hoc. Tickets for this flavorful weekend event are $2,750 per person or $5,250 per couple and proceeds will go to The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps in the training of Team USA for the Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest. Keller is the president of the Bocuse d’Or foundation and he says he’s “delighted to have the opportunity to create a special weekend in Yountville for guests to enjoy, all in the name of supporting our cause.” Bon appetit to those privileged supporters.