Williams Sonoma has named 14 chefs and bar experts as the latest members of the retailer’s Chefs’ Collective. Each new member will serve as advisors and ambassadors for Williams Sonoma.
The diverse group of restaurant, chef and bar industries professionals were selected to offer their unique expertise to Williams Sonoma by guiding future product and recipe development opportunities and providing personal insight as to how Williams Sonoma can continue to support the culinary hospitality industry and chef community. Through the collective they are giving back to their communities and will provide culinary insights, feedback on product development, testing, testimonials, exclusive content and new recipes.
“For over 60 years Williams Sonoma has been at the forefront of connecting our customers with innovation and expertise in the culinary community,” said Williams Sonoma president Ryan Ross. “We feel privileged to bring a group of individuals we admire together in order to share their expertise with our team and to share their insights as to how we can continue to support an industry that is an integral part of our brand’s DNA.”
The 2020 Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective members include: David Nayfeld, executive chef and co-owner of the restaurants Che Fico and Che Fico Alimentari in San Francisco; Mashama Bailey, executive chef and partner of The Grey and The Grey Market in Savannah, Georgia; Claudette Zepeda, executive chef of Alila Marea in San Diego; Shannon Mustipher, independent spirits consultant; Alba Huerta, a bartender turned bar owner/writer; Miles Macquarrie, co-owner and bar manager at Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia; Kwame Onwuachi, a former Top Chef; Timothy Hollingsworth, restaurateur and winner of Netflix’s cooking competition show, The Final Table; Gregory Gourdet. chef and television personality known for being the runner-up on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 12; Melissa King is a chef and television personality who was a finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 12; Husband-and-wife team Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito are chefs/owners of Don Angie in NYC; Phil Krajeck celebrated chef; and Mason Hereford, a chef best known for his popular New Orleans sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf.