Hubert Keller (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hubert Keller (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Chef Hubert Keller has been a mainstay on the San Francisco dining scene for more than 30 years, first at Sutter 500 before opening his own restaurant, Fleur de Lys in 1986.

Fleur de Lys continues to be considered one of the best fine dining establishments in the city and since opening, Keller has expanded his restaurant empire, opening Fleur by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas and Burger Bar restaurants in San Francisco, Las Vegas and St. Louis.


Known for his imaginative and modern French cuisine, Keller’s reach now extends beyond the kitchen, with cookbooks and media appearances on shows such as Top Chef, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef All-Stars.

His latest book, “Souvenirs” is a memoir cookbook written by Keller with Penelope Wisner. It includes 120 recipes along with personal stories from Keller, from family treasures, his childhood and how he grew up, to stories of some of his mentors when he was a young chef and apprenticing at Michelin star restaurants in France.

The book is not organized like a normal cookbook would be – it’s more about themes in his life and how he and his restaurants continue to evolve in the ever-changing food culture.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53 a.m., 12:53 p.m. and 4:53 p.m., and at 2:53 a.m. Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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