Insights from my dinner with chef Thomas Keller on creativity and culture

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for bucket list dinner with luxury retail developer Ken Himmel and chef Thomas Keller at Per Se in New York City to discuss their insights on creativity, leadership, building culture, hiring and more.

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TEDxEast – Thomas Keller – The reach of a restaurant

As an owner of several successful restaurants, Thomas Keller delighted the audience by sharing the key to running successful restaurants and bakeries. From the extraordinary relationships he builds with individuals across the country who provide him with the highest quality of ingredients to the way in which he fosters an environment for exemplary execution, he has designed a formula for success. He believes that what is most important is to create a memorable experience for diners. Thomas Keller owns eight restaurants and two bakeries including, The French Laundry, Bouchon and Bouchon bakery.



Chef Thomas Keller: Bouncing Back from Setbacks

Thomas Keller is a successful chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer. Chef Keller shared with a packed auditorium of Stanford GSB students how he got his start as a dishwasher, how he overcame a setback, and what drives his decision to open new restaurants and expand his business.  Keller is the only American-born chef to hold multiple three star ratings by the Michelin Guide. He was interviewed by Colleen Donovan, MBA class of 2013, as part of the View From The Top speaker series at Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Tribute to a Legend – Thomas Keller

A look at the career of Thomas Keller from his piers and in his own words.


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