Executive Chef, Peter Humes

Chef Peter Humes Chef Peter Humes began his food service career in 1975 managing the Connoisseur Café in Ocean City, NJ. During his 4 year term as manager of the café, Peter was spending more time in the kitchen working with the cooks on creative menu ideas. After a 5 month training in Paris, France, Peter was inspired to open his own restaurant Plymouth Bistro near Philadelphia, Pa. In 1982, he turned the bistro over to his brother, Tim, and he attended The Academy of Culinary Arts with a scholarship from Les Dames d’ Escoffier, New York. Upon successful completion of their 2 year program, Peter was offered a job by James Beard to assist him with recipe testing for his forthcoming book. While in New York, Peter also worked for Smith Barney Harris & Upham and First Boston Corp. as chef for their executive dining rooms. Next was a teaching career at the New York Food & Hotel Management School and the New York Restaurant School. The remaining 3 years in New York, Peter devoted to his own restaurant Aquarelle in Brooklyn. His last year in New York City, Peter was catering chef for Dean & Deluca.

Peter and Tanya HumesIn 1991, Peter moved to Sonoma, Ca. to become Sous Chef Tournant at Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. Two years later, he became chef/partner with Isa Caterer and Event Maker. Since leaving Sonoma in 2005, Peter volunteered with humanitarian organizations to help feed needy people here in the U.S. and India. Peter has settled in Bangkok to start his own food service business CalAsia Food with his wife, Tanya.

Professional Awards

  • 1982 Academy of Culinary Arts,
    Intramural Competition Bronze Medal
  • 1983 Les Dames d’Escoffier,
    New York, Scholarship Award
  • 1984 Academy of Culinary Arts, Intramural Competition Gold Medal
  • 1986 Society Culinarie Philanthropique,
    118th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts Honorable Mention, Macrobiotic Menu
  • 1987 Society Culinarie Philanthropique,
    119th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts Diploma of Honor, Meritorious Contribution
  • 1988 Society Culinarie Philanthropique,
    120th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts Honorable Mention, International Menu
  • 1989 Society Culinarie Philanthropique,
    121th Annual Salon of Culinary Arts Honorable Mention, Seasonal Menu

Professional References

Segastiani Theatre
Roger & Diane Rhoten-Owner
Sonoma, CA
(707) 996-9756

Benziger Family Winery
Mike Benziger- Owner/Wine Grower
Tim Wallace- Marketing Director

Glen Ellen CA
(707) 935-3071- tim
(707) 935-4071 – mike

Kaz Winery
Kaz- Owner/Winemaker
Kenwood, CA
(707) 833-2536

Tony Russo
Sonoma, CA
(707) 939-0753

Della Fottoria Bakery/Café
Aaron, Edmund, Kathleen Weber- Owner/Operators
Petaluma, CA
(707) 763-5538

Festa & Company
Nario & Heidi Festa - Owners

Sonoma, CA
(707) 933-9643