Reporting Narsai David
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Hubert Keller’s Souvenirs: Stories & Recipes From My Life is a charming story co-written by Penelope Wisner. Keller is best known for his world renowned restaurants including Burger Bar and Fleur de Lys in San Francisco. The book includes how Keller grew up above his father’s pastry shop in Alsace, France. The marvelous bakery, by the way, is now being run by Keller’s brother.
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All his life Keller was fortunate enough to be surrounded by great food. He then worked as an apprentice to some of the greatest 3-star French chefs. He worked with Roger Vergé in the south of France. Vergé then decided to open a restaurant in San Francisco named Sutter 500 (of course that was also the address). Keller came with him and was the opening chef.
Years in the restaurant business ended him up at Fleur de Lys as a partner, but ultimately he became the owner along with his wife. If ever there were a three-star restaurant in San Francisco that had the feeling, comfort, ambiance and great food service of the three-star restaurants of France it has to be Fleur de Lys in San Francisco.
You get a little taste of that in the book and a few of recipes, but most importantly the story of this man’s life and how he was able to parlay all of that into a couple of restaurants here in San Francisco as well as Las Vegas. It’s a dynamic story and the book really conveys his passion.
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 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.
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