Hubert Keller returns as a series judge for season two of Top Chef Just Desserts. A Frenchman classically trained by France's top chefs, Keller is now one of America's most widely recognized and acclaimed chefs. His world-renowned restaurants, Fleur de Lys San Francisco and Las Vegas, feature Chef Keller's contemporary French cooking accented with Mediterranean flavors. With his palate attuned to America's evolving tastes, Chef Keller launched his wildly popular Burger Bar restaurants in Las Vegas, St Louis, and San Francisco as well as the cutting edge SLeeK Steakhouse and Ultra Lounge in St. Louis. He has won numerous awards including the James Beard Foundation's "Best Chef: California" and has been elected to 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. Chef Keller has cooked for several United States presidents and was the first guest chef invited to the White House to personally prepare his sophisticated vegetarian menu for President Clinton and his family. Chef Keller is also known for his appearances as a judge on Top Chef, as well as for his grace-under-pressure performance as a contestant in the first season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo. He appears frequently in the media including appearances on Regis & Kelly, Rachael Ray, The Early Show on CBS, and Extra among others. Chef Keller's own cooking show for PBS, Secrets of a Chef, is now entering its third season.
Dubbed a “Rebel with a Cuisinart” in The New York Times for his early championing of original, multi-course, vegetarian menus in a 4-star setting, Chef Keller consistently cooks with a light hand and an eye on health. This led to his developing recipes for inclusion in Dr. Dean Ornish’s best selling cookbook, Eat More, Weigh Less. Chef Keller’s own cookbooks include The Cuisine of Hubert Keller (Ten Speed Press), Burger Bar, and Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers (Wiley).