Through his restaurants — the French Laundry and Ad Hoc in Napa Valley, Per Se in New York and Bouchons in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and Yountville, Calif. — Thomas Keller has given a start to some of today's brightest young chefs. Here are just a few.
Grant Achatz, Alinea, Next, Chicago
Jonathan Benno, Lincoln Ristorante, New York
Richard Blais, "Top Chef" winner, restaurateur, James Beard-nominated author, television personality, San Diego
Jeff Cerciello, Farmshop, Los Angeles and Marin County
Rory Herrmann, Sprout Restaurant Group, Los Angeles
Timothy Hollingsworth, as-yet-unnamed restaurant at the Broad Museum, Los Angeles