In the Kitchen

Just for Fun: Amanda "Thomas Keller" Hesser

May  4, 2012

It was a busy day in the test kitchen when all of a sudden Amanda turned her computer screen, showed us all the New York Times homepage, and asked, "Is that Thomas Keller in my kitchen?"

The article in question is about chefs crusading against California's upcoming ban on the sale of foie gras, with a photo of the French Laundry's Thomas Keller standing and looking serious in a kitchen that looks remarkably like Amanda's.

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Well, we had only one option. Readers, we present you Amanda "Thomas Keller" Hesser:

Doppelgangers! It's uncanny, no? (Who knew they both love black turtlenecks so much?) While the kitchens are slightly different, the cabinetry and shape are the same. Here's the comparison one more time:

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I'm Nozlee Samadzadeh, a writer, editor, farmer, developer, and passionate home cook. Growing up Iranian in Oklahoma, working on a small-scale organic farm, and cooking on a budget all influence the way I cook -- herbed rice dishes, chicken fried steak, heirloom tomato salad, and simple poached eggs all make appearances on my bright blue kitchen table. I love to eat kimchi (homemade!) straight from the jar and I eat cake for breakfast.


Alexandra H. January 14, 2015
Silliness at its best-- love this! :)
Marian B. December 3, 2014
This is the best article on this entire website!
Pammorgan August 19, 2012
Very adorable!!!
Pammorgan August 19, 2012
Very adorable!!!
WinnieAb May 7, 2012
Brenna May 7, 2012
Yes. Ha!
Brenna May 7, 2012
Yes. Ha!
msitter May 6, 2012
How come you did not wear a watch?
SKK May 5, 2012
I love the tags - great minds think alike - dopplegangers!
Anna H. May 5, 2012
This is absolutely unreal.
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pierino May 4, 2012
Amanda, do you know the name of the duck/goose that gave up its liver for that foie gras? Keller would. Maybe, Huey? Dewey? or Louie?
Brette W. May 4, 2012
The tags on this post kill me. "black turtlenecks" "fancy cabinets"
Rhonda35 May 4, 2012
You gals sure are funny! I hope you sent a copy of the "twins separated at birth" photos to Keller.
aargersi May 4, 2012
That's hilarious - it's like those "find the differences" photos
aargersi May 4, 2012
That's hilarious - it's like those "find the differences" photos
cdilaura May 4, 2012
You had me fooled! Did you tell him we have his favorite Oregano Indio from Rancho Gordo in the shop?
Nozlee S. May 4, 2012
Also: a huge thanks to our photographer James Ransom for helping us get this photo done right!