Francois HeigelExecutive Head Baker
Francois Hiegel is the executive head baker for Thomas Keller's restaurants where he oversees the bread program at Chef Keller’s fine dining restaurants, The French Laundry and Per Se, as well as the bread production at Bouchon Bakery, which has five locations in Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, New York and Yountville, Calif. Here, he develops recipes, manages a team of bakers across the country and thrives on the organization required to make bread consistently in several different climates.
He joined Chef Keller in August 2013 as the head baker for Per Se. Before moving to the United States, Francois worked in Strasbourg, France as the assistant head baker at Au Pain de Mon Grand Pére, and in London at The Arts Club and Princi, also as assistant head baker.
When he was 16, Francois worked as a pastry and bakery apprentice at Boulangerie Pâtisserie Zimmermann, in Alsace, France. In 2008, he earned his diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Centre of Apprenticeship Training (CCFA) of Eschau, France.