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. Having already earned the title of America’s top chef, Thomas Keller goes to Hong Kong in search of a new audience.
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: Having already won praise as one of the most famous and talented chefs in the world, Thomas Keller is expanding his repertoire, taking a seven-man team on the road for an appearance at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong.
This visit is scheduled as a special, four-night-only appearance, which he will use to serve contemporary American fare to the hotel’s two restaurants, The Mandarin Grill and The Krug Room. Seating is extremely exclusive, serving only those who can afford a meal of $835 a head (though a smaller menu will be available during lunchtime, costing about $466 a head.