France is one such place that is revered for the history, culture, arts and of course the cuisine it serves to the world around. We say âworld aroundâ because French cuisine is no longer concentrated to France alone. It has spread far and wide with equal number of chefs specializing in the French art of cuisine outside France as there are chefs within the country itself. In order to experience a culinary bliss, there is one Californian restaurant that serves best French cuisine.
Where is it?
This restaurant is The French Laundry. Founded by Thomas Keller, the restaurant is located in the Napa valley.
What makes it the best?
Thomas Keller is a culinary expert who is known all over the world for the tutorial he has presented to every homemaker and food lovers so that they could also prepare equally tempting within the provisions of home. His cook book that offers the alternatives to his invented recipes is named as the The French Cookbook. The cook book consists of 150 recipes all together and contains all the authentic ingredients that are used in the preparation of those recipes in his own restaurant. While explaining the recipes, he also talks about the manner in which he discovered several innovative recipes. One such innovative recipe is Peas and Carrots. It is not exactly as it sounds to be. It is not a vegetarian recipe. It is made of lobster whose bed is supplemented with garlic sauce and pea shoots.
Top notch dining
Once you get to read Thomas Keller, you will literally enter an imaginative world of cooking and culinary art with such recipes as the creation of a chocolate cake along with walnut sauce and beet ice cream. You will also learn the art of separating the chlorophyll from a particular vegetable. This chlorophyll can be used for the purpose of coloring other sauces. Isnât it interesting to use natural colors to make your preparation look appealing without the addition of those unhealthy artificial colors?
When you get the taste of the cuisines made under the guidance of Keller, you almost get hooked into it and obviously with pleasure. At the same time, Keller, through his guidelines also encourages his followers to prepare the plate of food with passion, dedication and with infusions. This is what gives a preparation the state of the maker and keeps it alive. It is the extra bit of zing added to the preparation that aids in keeping the preparation alive and fresh without making it look like an everyday, boring, ‘number of times tried’ type recipe.
If you go through the biography of Thomas Keller, you will know that this talent is not only born but built as well. Although, he made himself a prominent figure in his twenties there were some features lacking in him. In order to fulfill these features and almost reach to the level of perfection, he had to learn the theory, techniques and various discipline of culinary art. All this and more went to make the chef that we have today at The French Laundry, one of Californiaâs best restaurants to serve French cuisine. The training he received in making French cuisine took Thomas Keller to the level of opening his own venture, The French Laundry.
With all the classic techniques of cooking ingrained in his heart and soul, what makes Keller serve the best French cuisine is the method in which he culminates the traditional and the innovation at the same time. He uses the traditional recipes along with the authentic ingredients involved but gives it a twist by adding his own daring touch to it. It is this touch that makes his recipes unique and gives it a character which is distinct from all others. To name a few, Pearls and Oysters, Seared Foie Gras, caviar and oysters served with various sauces and creamy tapioca. Many of his combo meals consists of five or even ten dishes served in small quantities. All this goes towards building his restaurant one of the best French restaurants in California.
Awards and accolades
The life of Thomas Keller is an example how one can achieve one’s dreams through hard work and passion. It was the passion that stood the test of time and made him reach the zenith of success. Today, people from all over the globe flock to dine in his restaurant. This can be considered as an achievement in itself apart from all the accolades and awards that the restaurant has already been bestowed with.