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Thomas Keller was born on the 14th October 1955 in Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, USA, and is a restaurateur, chef and writer on cooking, best known for his award-winning restaurant The French Laundry in Yountville, California. Keller was Best Chef in California in 1996 and also Best Chef in America in 1997. Thanks to his cooking and entrepreneurial skills, Keller has significantly increased his net worth.

Have you ever wondered how rich Thomas Keller is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Thomas Keller’s net worth is as high as $30 million, mostly garnered through his career as a chef and restaurant owner, however, Keller’s cookbooks have also generated more money to his account.

Thomas Keller Net Worth $30 Million

Thomas helped his mother in the restaurant when the sous chef was sick and unable to work. There he learned the basics of a restauranteur, and after the family had moved to Palm Beach, Florida following his parents’ divorce, Thomas started as a dishwasher at the Palm Beach Yacht Club and quickly went forward to become a cook. Keller later moved to Long Island to work as a cook, before Master Chef Roland Henin discovered him and employed him to prepare meals for the staff at The Dunes Club.

Keller went back to Florida and later New York where he worked at a small restaurant called La Rive for three years before he moved to Paris after the owners of La Rive refused to sell the restaurant to him. Thomas returned to the US in 1984, and was immediately hired as chef de cuisine at La Reserve in New York where he stayed for nearly three years, and then moved to Rakel, a French restaurant at Wall Street. His net worth was building all the time.

He left Rakel at the end of the 80’s and worked as a chef and consultant in various restaurants in New York and Los Angeles, but in 1992, he came up with an idea to buy the old French steam laundry in Yountville, California and turn it into a restaurant. Keller managed to raise $1.2 million thanks to investors and acquaintances, and bought the restaurant in 1994. Over the course of the next decade, the French Laundry became one of the best known in California, earning numerous awards including Michelin Guide three stars and Mobil Guide five stars.

Thomas and his brother Joseph, who is owner/chef of Josef’s in Las Vegas, opened Bouchon restaurant in 1998, located only a couple of minutes away from the French Laundry, and later they established Bouchon Bakery as well. In 2004, Keller opened another two restaurants: Bouchon in Las Vegas and Per Se in New York. His latest restaurant is an ad hoc establishment opened in 2006 in Yountville as a temporary solution until Keller could find a location for his hamburger and wine restaurant, but later decided to make it permanent due to its high popularity.

Thomas Keller also owned small olive oil company by the name of EVO, Inc. in 1992, and was involved in various food related establishments. Keller wrote his debut cookbook in 1999 called “The French Laundry Cookbook”,and later published “Bouchon” (2004), “Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide” (2008), “Ad Hoc at Home” (2009), and “Bouchon Bakery” (2012).

Regarding his personal life, since 2009 Thomas Keller has been engaged to the former general manager at the French Laundry and his longtime girlfriend, Laura Cunningham.

Net Worth $30 Million
Date Of Birth October 14, 1955
Place Of Birth Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
Profession Chef
Education Palm Beach State College
Nationality American
Parents Betty Keller, Edward Keller
1 Chef/owner of “The French Laundry”, “Bouchon”, “Bouchon Bakery” and “AdHoc” in Napa Valley, California.


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A Slice of Key Lime Pie 2009 Short Rusty Qualen
Ratatouille 2007 Food Snob #1 (voice)


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Ratatouille 2007 executive chef and ratatouille designer
Spanglish 2004 culinary consultant


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Sense of Urgency 2013 TV Movie documentary executive producer


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Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2017 TV Series Himself
CBS This Morning 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Charlie Rose 2005-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Sense of Urgency 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Barefoot Contessa 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Spinning Plates 2012 Documentary
Unique Eats 2012 TV Series Himself – Chef / Owner, The French Laundry
MasterChef Australia 2011 TV Series Himself – Guest Judge
A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt 2011 Documentary Himself
The Best Thing I Ever Ate 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Top Chef 2009 TV Series Himself – Guest Diner / Chef & Owner, The French Laundry
At the Table with… 2008 TV Series documentary Himself – Chef / Owner, The French Laundry
The Great British Menu 2008 TV Series Himself
Fine Food and Film: A Conversation with Brad Bird and Thomas Keller 2007 Video documentary short Himself (as Chef Thomas Keller)
In Search of Perfection 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
A Cook’s Tour 2002 TV Series Himself