"I wanted to learn everything I could about what it takes to be a great chef. It was a turning point for me."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Thomas Keller on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Thomas Keller on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Thomas Keller on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Thomas Keller on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Thomas Keller on Winston Churchill
"Food should be fun."
"Hopefully, imparting what's important to me, respect for the food and that information about the purveyors, people will realize that for a restaurant to be good, so many pieces have to come together."
"Now the restaurants have begun to catch up with the wine-making there are numerous great restaurants in Napa Valley, and it's wonderful because the people are there for just that: great food and great wine."
"But once in a while you might see me at In and Out Burger they make the best fast food hamburgers around."
"I hope the cooks who are working for me now are getting that kind of experience so they can use what they're learning now as a foundation for a great career."