The Next Generation: Perry Hoffman/French LaundryBy Kathleen Squires | December 27, 2013 By Kathleen Squires | December 27, 2013
Even though he’s only 30 years old, chef Perry Hoffman seems too old to trace his culinary and family ancestry to the French Laundry: most people think the restaurant was pulled out of Thomas Keller’s toque when he took it over in 1994. But Hoffman, the award-winning chef at Domaine Chandon’s Etoile, grew up in the restaurant, as his grandparents, Don and Sally Schmitt, owned it well before Thomas Keller became a household name. The original French Laundry opened in 1978. Here, Hoffman spins the tale of the three generations who all got their start at the once-humble Napa restaurant, and who are all still ensconced in the food world today.