Harrods brings world renowned chef Thomas Keller and‘The French Laundry’ to London
Harrods, the iconic Knightsbridge store, is proud to announce the 1st October opening of ‘The French Laundry at Harrods’.
Chef Thomas Keller will bring 14 of his elite kitchen and Dining Room brigade to London for a 10 day ‘pop-up’ of the 3 Michelin-starred Napa Valley restaurant. This collaboration with Harrods will be the first European venture for Thomas Keller and ‘The French Laundry’ and marks an exciting new phase for Harrods restaurants.
An ambitious project with Keller at the helm for the duration, ‘The French Laundry at Harrods’ will be housed in an enclosed space in Harrods famous fourth floor The Georgian Restaurant. Keller aims to recreate ‘The French Laundry’ as faithfully as possible at Harrods and the temporary structure’s interior will be in keeping with the design ethos of the original restaurant in Yountville, California, with fixtures, fittings and signature dinnerware flown over for service.
The restaurant is famed for successfully marrying a French influence with Keller’s American roots and a set nine courses will be served to 70 covers at lunch and dinner. Crafted by Keller, based on his favourite ingredients, the menu will represent the very best of The French Laundry, including many of the dishes that have become classics in the US, as well as new creations for the UK.
As Keller says of the collaboration, “We are extremely excited to work with Harrods on this project. It is for us a first in many ways. We have never ventured to open a restaurant outside of the US, but we realized early on that our philosophies mirrored each other’s and we could not think of a better partner for this endeavor. It is my hope that each and every one of our guests will leave with a wonderful memory of having experienced The French Laundry while staying close to home.”
Paul Goodale, Director of Restaurants at Harrods, says, “The opportunity to enjoy The French Laundry at Harrods promises to be a truly unique and compelling experience for our diners. Like Harrods, Thomas Keller enjoys a globally renowned reputation and our collaboration is set to be the pinnacle in a year that will witness a number of exciting new restaurant launches and rejuvenations here at Harrods.”