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Thomas Keller shows off his sleek new French Laundry remodel

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/22/2017 By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press
In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller smiles during an interview in his new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. The celebrated chef Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. At 61 years old, Keller entertains the thought of slowing down. Just not right now. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller smiles during an interview in his new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. The celebrated chef Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. At 61 years old, Keller entertains the thought of slowing down. Just not right now. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, servers wait for dishes being brought to the pass inside the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. Unlike the stainless steel austerity of most commercial kitchens, this one is white, spacious and sunlit by skylights and two walls of wraparound windows overlooking the garden. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, servers wait for dishes being brought to the pass inside the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. Unlike the stainless steel austerity of most commercial kitchens, this one is white, spacious and sunlit by skylights and two walls of wraparound windows overlooking the garden. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Keller took The Associated Press on a tour of the Napa Valley restaurant during an interview where he reflected on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and his dream to one day return full-time to the French Laundry.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, the moon rises over the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, the moon rises over the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

After more than two years of construction, Keller reopened the kitchen last month.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller, left, describes a dish to a server in the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. At right on the wall is a closed-circuit video screen displaying the kitchen of Keller's sister restaurant Per Se in New York City. Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller, left, describes a dish to a server in the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. At right on the wall is a closed-circuit video screen displaying the kitchen of Keller's sister restaurant Per Se in New York City. Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

There's also a 16,000-bottle wine cellar and 9,000 square feet of new landscape design still underway.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, servers gather around the pass to pick up servings inside the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, servers gather around the pass to pick up servings inside the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Keller opened the French Laundry in 1994.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, part of the team at the French Laundry restaurant make preparations in the kitchen for dinner service in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) © The Associated Press In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, part of the team at the French Laundry restaurant make preparations in the kitchen for dinner service in Yountville, Calif. Celebrated chef Thomas Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

He says he embarked on the redesign to usher the restaurant into its next 20 years.

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller puts the finishing touch to a caviar dish in the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. The celebrated chef Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

In this photo taken Thursday, March 9, 2017, chef Thomas Keller puts the finishing touch to a caviar dish in the new kitchen at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. The celebrated chef Keller has just opened a state-of-the art new kitchen at his famed French Laundry after spending $10 million on an extensive renovation. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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