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Chef and owner Thomas Keller has become such a name, you're not likely to see him while visiting Per Se. The acclaimed chef, who became one of the most famous chefs in the country at The French Laundry in Napa Valley now has six restaurants and five bakeries, with locations in Beverly Hills, New York and Las Vegas; suffice it to say, Thomas Keller himself is a busy guy. However, rest assured that the chef has become so successful by expertly training his staff.
Many great chefs have come from Thomas Keller's kitchens, and no matter who's cooking at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant, you can expect that person to expertly carry out the chef's philosophies in both signature dishes and new masterpieces. These days, that man is Eli Kaimeh, who has held the position of chef de cuisine at Per Se since 2010. (Former chef Jonathan Benno left in 2010 to open up Lincoln, his own restaurant in Lincoln Center, as one would expect as part of the natural evolution of cooking in one of the world's great restaurants.) Though, Kaimeh isn't a rookie of this New York restaurant; he served as chef de partie at Per Se when the restaurant opened in 2004, and he's climbed his way up since then. Plus, he's got other culinary cred: Kaimeh has worked the kitchens of places like Gramercy Tavern, Daniel and Tocqueville Restaurant, all of which are in New York.
Both The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and New York's Per Se are Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurants, which puts them in an elite group. So even if you don't see the man himself, you're in one of the world's best dining experiences.