Chefs to Watch 2016: Perry Hoffman, Healdsburg Shed, Healdsburg, Calif.

Amy Cavanaugh

Many chefs strive for years to work at The French Laundry, but that’s precisely where Perry Hoffman started out. His grandparents, Sally and Don Schmitt, were the original owners of the iconic Yountville restaurant, and the budding chef pitched in at the restaurant from a young age.“I was put to work in the kitchen chopping parsley and making croutons, roasting bell peppers,” he recalls. “Those were my seven-...