Widely known for his finest culinary skills and his exceptionally high standards, Thomas Keller is considered a first-ever American-born chef who has been awarded simultaneous three-star Michelin ratings for two different restaurants Per Se and The French Laundry.
He also became the first American male chef to receive the insignia of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France. Besides, the American chef is also one of the elite cookbook writers who has authored the award-winning The French Laundry cookbook.
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Keller has undoubtedly collected a massive fortune from his multiple professions. Let's know about his net worth, source of income, and properties.
Thomas Keller has an estimated net worth of $130 million, according to celebrity net worth, in 2019. He has racked up the majority of his aforementioned riches from his dozens of established restaurants as well as from his other ventures.
Keller's restaurant The French Laundry is nestled in Yountville, California. It has earned numerous awards over the next few years having been named Best Restaurant in the World in 2003 and 2004 respectively. The restaurant also received gourmet magazines, the Mobil Guide (five stars), and the Michelin Guide (three stars).
Thomas raised $1.2 million from acquaintances and investors in order to own the place. It opened in 1994 and quickly garnered nationwide acclaim. In July 2019, the restaurant celebrated its 25th anniversary. Although it is a little unclear how much Keller makes from his restaurant a year, the average annual salary of The FrenchLaundry's employees is $57,648.
His other restaurants include a family-style restaurant Ad Hoc located at Yountville, the Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and Per Se and Bouchon Bakery & Cafe in NYC.
Thomas Keller owns a ranch home in Napa, California. He bought the 1968 house for $1.9 million, in 2016. It spreads in the 2,060 square feet and features four bedrooms as well as 2 ½ half baths.
Moreover, the chef also makes certain agreeable amounts of money from his endorsement deal with various big brands. Thomas announced a new partnership with BMW, on 9th Sep 2010.
Keller also stated that he has high respect for BMW and his first car was a 320i too. He is reportedly the proud owner of the BMW i8 that worth is $135,925.
Thomas Keller has authored five cookbooks to date. His multiple-award-winning book The French Laundry Cookbook released in 1999 and it has been printed over 400,000 times. The Book is priced $11.99 for Kindle and $27.97 for Hardcover.
He subsequently published his other books The Food Lover's Companion to the Napa Valley (2003), Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide (2008), Ad Hoc at Home (2009), and Bouchon Bakery (2012).
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The most successful American chef has won countless accolades, including The Culinary Institute of America’s “Chef of the Year” Award. Furthermore, he won the Outstanding Restaurateur” and the James Beard Foundation’s “Outstanding Chef” Awards.
Thomas Keller was born on October 14, 1955, in Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California. He is the son of Betty Keller (mother) and Edward Keller (father). Her mother was a restaurateur who previously owned the Palm Beach restaurant where Thomas began his culinary career at a young age.
He also has a brother named Joseph Keller. He studied at Palm Beach State College. He holds American American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Thomas Keller is not married yet but has been sharing a strong bond with his long-term partner Laura Cunningham for several years now. It has been reported that the couple started dating in 1996. They got engaged in 2008.
They were even rumored to get married in the following year. But, the pair never addressed the rumor.