What makes them haute:
A skilled chef and restaurateur, Thomas Keller possesses an impressive collection of eateries, spread across Yountville, Beverly Hills, Las Vegas and New York City. He shares the key to his culinary successes through his various cookbooks, the most recent of which held a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List for six weeks. He is perhaps most well known for eateries French Laundry and Per Se. The latest in Keller news: right before retiring, New York Times food critic Sam Sifton left his readers with one piece of advice—the best restaurant in New York is Keller’s Per Se.