The former chef of Napa’s etoile at Domaine Chandon, Perry Hoffman, has taken over the kitchens of Healdsburg SHED as culinary director.

The Michelin-starred chef (and culinary wunderkind) will oversee the entire culinary program at the hybrid cafe, marketplace and “modern grange hall”, including breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at the cafe, as well as private dining and events. And while Hoffman’s wheelhouse is white-tablecloth dining at tony spots like etoile and Napa’s Auberge du Soleil, he’ll be loosening things up to accommodate the more casual vibe of SHED.

Etoile closed earlier this year, despite critical acclaim. Part of Hoffman’s new gig will include getting his hands dirty at SHED owner Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton’s Home Farm, a working farm that provides produce for the cafe.

A few fun facts about Hoffman:

  • His grandparents Sally and Don Schmitt were the original owners of The French Laundry in Yountville and founders of The Apple Farm in Philo
  • Hoffman was the youngest chef ever to win a Michelin star, at the age of 25
  • He was a co-founder of Carneros Micros, a micro-green and edible flower farm

Hoffman replaces Chef Miles Thompson, who joined SHED in January.  SHED has hosted a string of talented chefs in its kitchen since opening in 2013.