You may know him from such restaurants as Bouchon here in town (and that we liked), but Chef Thomas Keller is really known for the French Laundry up in NoCal.  The French Laundry is one of the best restaurants in the world.

…and it got itself robbed over Christmas:

Christmas Day robbery at Yountville’s storied French Laundry restaurant netted a king’s collection of fabulous wines worth at least $300,000.


The thieves, who jimmied a door at the wine room on the property, obviously knew exactly what they were going for. Most of the 76 bottles taken were from the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, including bottles from the fabled Burgundy estate’s Romanée Conti vineyard that are worth at least $15,000 each.


French Laundry chef and proprietor Thomas Keller took to Twitter, asking for help from the wine community in finding the thieves.


“On Christmas day, The French Laundry was the victim of a robbery. Specific wines of specific value were stolen (DRC & Screaming Eagle). We have complete trust in the authorities leading the investigation, and we welcome any information our community may have regarding the event.

“The French Laundry wine program is, as many of you know, singular and distinct. We look forward to rebuilding our cellar in the meantime and plan to get to the bottom of this disheartening act immediately.


“Please contact with any information.”


The French Laundry, which just celebrated its 20th birthday this summer, is acknowledged to be one of the greatest restaurants in the world. It’s one of only 13 in the United States that have earned three stars from the Michelin restaurant guide.


You can read the rest at the Los Angeles Times.