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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Famed Chef Cooks Up Beats, Not Eats, at Ruby Skye

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM

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French-born and -trained chef Hubert Keller — mastermind behind the fancypants S.F. restaurant Fleur de Lys, star of the PBS cooking series Secrets of a Chef, and the first guest chef to work in the White House kitchen — is helping to celebrate his home country's Independence Day a little differently this year. No, he's not whipping up a special prix fixe menu or creating a French rebuke to the abominable concept of "Freedom Fries." He's actually going to try his hand at DJing: on Saturday, July 12, Hubert "Da Mixmasta" Keller joins house DJ Frenchy Le Freak at Ruby Skye for Monsieur Le Freak's event titled "Bastille Day." (Okay, so Bastille Day is actually July 14. . .but Mondays just aren't the best nights for a big Frenchy fête, I guess.)

What will Keller spin? If he were about 20 years younger — and that beard were more spotty and ironic — we could probably assume he'd groove to some Franco-electro bangers by Justice or maybe chill out with some rarified Air. He could also go retro with Serge Gainsbourg or Françoise Hardy. Or what about some old chansons by Yves Montand and classical gems by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc, et Boulez? You'll have to show up to find out. I'm personally betting on a heaping helping of Sir Mix-A-Lot hits. — J. Graham

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