Hubert Keller, executive chef of Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay, is one of America's most widely recognized and acclaimed chefs. His newest concept offers a spirited menu of gourmet small plates infused with flavors from around the world. Keller's whimsical flavors and aesthetically pleasing plate presentations are a result of his years of classical training with France's top chefs. He has opened a host of world-renowned restaurants including Fleur de Lys San Francisco; his wildly popular Burger Bar restaurants in Las Vegas, St. Louis and San Francisco; as well as his cutting-edge SLeeK Steakhouse and Ultra Lounge in St. Louis.
Revered by his colleagues and fans, the Frenchman boasts a long list of accolades and awards including being named the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: California and among the Foundation's prestigious Who's Who in Food and Beverage. Food & Wine magazine tapped him as one of the "Ten Best Chefs in America"; and Restaurants & Institutions gave him its Ivy Award.
Keller gained fame and notoriety appearing as a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" and as a contestant in the first season of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." Following his success on the show, he was asked to serve as a resident judge on Bravo's "Top Chef Just Desserts." Keller also has appeared on "Live! With Regis & Kelly," the "Rachel Ray Show," "The Real Housewives of Orange County," CBS' "The Early Show," "Extra," the Travel Channel, and the Food Network. In January 2011, Keller began recording the third season of his highly successful cooking show, "Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef." The show will air nationwide on PBS stations in spring 2011.
Hailed by The New York Times as a "Rebel with a Cuisinart," Keller was praised for his early championing of original, multi-course, vegetarian menus in a four-star setting. Keller's zeal for vegetarian cooking was recognized by the White House, and he was invited to be the first guest chef to prepare his sophisticated vegetarian menu for President Clinton and his family. He also has enjoyed cooking for several other U.S. presidents.
Known for consistently cooking with a light hand and an eye on health, Keller was asked to develop recipes for inclusion in Dr. Dean Ornish's best selling cookbook, "Eat More, Weigh Less." Keller's own cookbooks include "The Cuisine of Hubert Keller" (Ten Speed Press) and "Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers" (Wiley).