Come experience the brilliance of America’s top truffle chef!
Chef Ken holds the distinct honor of being the first, and so far the only, American chef invited to participate in the Fiera Internazionale Tartufo Biano D’Alba, the world-renowned Annual White Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy. He has been cooking with truffles for over 35 years, and is widely considered the top truffle chef in North America. The Italians certainly agree!
For the 84th annual Festival in Alba, Ken brought a novel twist to a familiar Italian dish. Instead of making yet another traditional pasta dish with truffles, he created “fettuccine” out of strips of Lunga di Napoli squash, an Italian heirloom squash that he grows in his organic garden in Napa. The Lunga di Napoli Fettuccine with Porcini and Fresh White Alba Truffles stole the show at the festival where thousands of Italian truffle connoisseurs had a chance to see Ken in action and taste his delicious creation.
You can savor Ken’s masterfully prepared truffle dishes at the multi-course Truffles & Wine Dinner during the Napa Truffle Festival. Each course of this extraordinary dinner will be prepared by a Michelin star/award-winning chef. Read more about the dinner here. This event always sells out, so get your tickets now!
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 remains 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.