The French Laundry
The Michelin-starred French Laundry is finally beginning its extensive expansion across Washington Street in Yountville, California, to be reopened this summer with a new, larger kitchen space and garden annex. But in order for that to happen, chef Thomas Keller will be selling the entire temporary French Laundry kitchen, and anyone can bid on it (provided you have the cash to back it up).
Included in the sweet deal is the 1,120-square foot culinary space, the equipment that The French Laundry cooking staff has used for the past 10 years, and the famous “Sense of Urgency” plaque, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
“This kitchen holds a lot of sentimental value, not just for me, but for the restaurant and our entire team, who have prepared food in it, passed between it and the dining room countless times, and washed dishes here, keeping it orderly and clean,” chef Keller explains in a Facebook post.
Proceeds from the sale of the kitchen will benefit the Edible Schoolyard charity.
“This kitchen is a unique piece of culinary history,” Keller continues. “It touched the lives of many guests and played a significant role in the lives of the chefs who have spent time working here before moving on to their own projects. My hope is that it finds a home where it continues to impact the lives of those who walk through its door.”
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