There's a new chef at Healdsburg's Shed.
Perry Hoffman replaces Miles Thompson, who was top toque at the restaurant for a little over a year. Hoffman is a Napa Valley native with a long culinary background. His grandparents, Sally and Don Schmitt, were the original owners of the French Laundry, where he helped out in the kitchen at a young age. At 18 he was hired as sous chef at the Boonville Hotel. He went on to cook at Santé Restaurant at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn before moving to Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford in 2005. During his two years at Auberge, Hoffman, 31, helped the restaurant earn its first Michelin star. His last post was at étoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon, where he was appointed head chef. While at the now closed restaurant, he earned a Michelin star three years in a row.
As culinary director of Shed, Hoffman will work with the restaurant's farm and nearby growers to showcase a seasonal, farm-driven menu. Hoffman will oversee the entire culinary program—breakfast, lunch, dinner and special events.
"I am eager to be a part of the Shed community—to get to know the farmers—and to learn and collaborate," says Hoffman. "I'm especially looking forward to exploring seasonality and terroir in Sonoma County, and being part of creating and completing the cycle from seed to plate."
Healdsburg Shed 25 North St., Healdsburg. 707.431.7433. healdsburgshed.com.—Stett Holbrook