Monday, January 8, 2018

Thomas Keller's 10 Rules for Success


What does it take to make it the top of the cooking profession, to realise your dreams and be recognised by your peers as one of the best in the business?

Chef Thomas Keller is perfectly positioned to answer. The first American chef to simultaneously hold three Michelin stars at two restaurants (at The French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York), he’s widely regarded as one of the true greats and has helped train some of the worlds best chefs, including Grant Achatz and RenĂ© Redzepi.

In the video compilation from Evan Carmichael above, Keller lays out his 10 rules for success, from never losing sight of your goals in the face of changing fashions, to surrounding yourself with people you can learn from. It’s a long video, but worth watching through to the end for some bonus interview footage.

We’ve previously featured videos from the same series focusing on Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay that are well worth a watch, and below, you’ll find our full interview with Thomas Keller.


  1. Have desire
  2. Be consistent
  3. Transition to the next level
  4. Step outside the norm
  5. Play to your strengths
  6. Be persistent
  7. Surround yourself with great people
  8. Pursue your true goals
  9. Create great experiences
  10. Master your craft

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