Chef Thomas Keller's Favorite Things
When you travel, what is the one essential you always take with you?
I always take my Ermenegildo Zegna navy-blue blazer; it’s easy to dress up or down.
What products are currently on your bathroom shelf?
Aqua di Parma shampoo and conditioner, Obagi Nu-Derm foaming gel, Kiehl’s shave cream and grapefruit bathand- shower liquid body cleanser and M.D. Forté facial cream
What’s your fondest memory of LA?
My friends and my first In-N-Out burger
Is there a gadget you must always have with you?
Who is your favorite designer and why?
Ermenegildo Zegna for his classic and refined style and wonderful fabrics, and Ralph Lauren for his true American styling
Do you have a favorite accessory?
Which books are currently on your nightstand?
Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything; Norman Doidge, MD’s The Brain That Changes Itself; and our very own cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home
What’s on your iPod these days?
A little bit of everything: classic rock, country, classical, R&B and pop. I am enjoying the Michael Jackson collection at the moment.
If someone gave you $10,000, how would you spend it?
I’d go to a wonderful restaurant with 10 friends and have a memorable time.
Where is your ideal vacation destination?
I love the beach; it relaxes me—so anywhere there is a wonderful beach and good food.
Do you have a preferred place to stay in Los Angeles?
I am enjoying the Montage Beverly Hills. [Managing director] Ali Kasikci takes such good care of us, it’s hard to leave.
Do you have a motto you live by?
To do a little better than I did the day before. If you are able to do this, then you will be able to reach any goal.