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Revelations – Thomas Keller

23 September 2011
Revelations – Thomas Keller

What was your best subject at school? History

What was your first job? Busboy at the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

What was your first job in catering? Washing dishes for my mom - it's where I learned everything I needed to know about cooking

What do you normally have for breakfast? Cereal with low fat milk, seasonal fruit and an espresso

Which is your favourite restaurant? Yakitori Totto in New York; Ad Hoc in Yountville, California; and St John in London

What's your favourite hotel? The One & Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos, Mexico

What's your favourite drink? A good bourbon

What do you do to relax? Play golf

What flavour combinations do you dislike? Chocolate and berries. It's a combination I don't really understand.

What do you always carry with you? Salt

Which person in catering have you most admired? Fernand Point

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Paul Bocuse

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? My iPad

What daily newspaper/website do you read? The New York Times

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Henry Truman - our last great president

Describe your ultimate nightmare Doing a pop-up restaurant in London and having JJ Gill rip it apart

Tell us a secret… I love deep-fried Snickers bars

If you had more time, what would you do? Learn to fly a plane

What irritates you most about the industry? A lack of focus and knowledge

What's your favourite film? Gone With the Wind

What's your favourite book? Ma Gastronomie by Fernand Point

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? Eric Ziebold, Grant Achatz, Corey Lee, Paul Bocuse, Fernand Point, Alain Chapel

Thomas Keller is chef-patron of the French Laundry, California. He will be running the French Laundry pop-up restaurant at Harrods from 1-10 October

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