Executive Chef and Owner
La Toque, Napa, CA
Chef Ken Frank is entirely self-taught. He began his career at 16 with a dishwashing job in France and quickly worked his way through the kitchen ranks to become a successful chef at a very young age. He was the first “young American chef” on the West coast and was the opening Chef at Michael’s in Santa Monica, considered the Los Angeles birthplace of “California Cuisine.” In 1979, he opened the original La Toque on the Sunset Strip at age 23. Young, curious and restless, he pioneered a style of cooking that has become widespread today. His early insistence on using only the finest, mostly local artisanal ingredients is now at the heart of great cooking in America.
In 1998, Ken decided to pursue his dream of moving to Napa Valley to open a new La Toque in Rutherford at The Rancho Caymus Inn. La Toque was named one of the 20 Best Restaurants in America by the Wine Spectator and was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star. In 2008, La Toque moved to the new Westin Verasa in downtown Napa.
He lives in Napa with his wife Sherylle, three cats, an African Grey Parrot and a flock of egg laying hens. Ken and Sherylle have two grown children between them.