The French Laundry Founder Pioneer Sally Schmitt Dies at 90

Sally Schmitt had just turned 90 before passing on March 5 at her home in Philo after several years of declining health.

A culinary legend, Sally Schmitt moved to Yountville in 1964 where she carved out her own cooking career that included operating a since gone restaurant called The Chutney Kitchen and eventually led to the start of The French Laundry, the farm-to-table restaurant that is well known for its Michelin rating. She then sold The French Laundry to Thomas Keller in 1994 where its legacy continues.

Read Sally Schmitt’s bio to learn more about her dedicated career to fine cooking, and get ahold of her recently released book: Six California Kitchens: A Collection of Recipes, Stories, and Cooking Lessons from a Pioneer of California Cuisine.

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