Thomas Keller

Our Team

Thomas Keller Chef / Proprietor
Sam Calderbank Vice President, Operations
Sandra Schaeuffele General Manager
Chad Palagi Chef de Cuisine
Francois Hiegel Executive Head Baker
Anna Bolz Pastry Chef
Michel Couvreux Beverage Director, East Coast
Francois Hiegel

Francois Hiegel

Executive 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 locations in Las Vegas, New York and Yountville, CA. 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 Père, 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.