PETER J. HEMSLEY
A chef by trade and artist by passion, Peter J. Hemsley is the chef-proprietor of Palette, a dynamic fine-dining and art destination in San Francisco that explores the relationship between food, art and community. Food is a multifaceted creative medium for Peter—from penning his creations in illustration, watercolor or ink on paper, to his modern interpretation of traditional fare and unique approach to plating, which at times may consist of one-of-kind tableware designed specific to a single dish—the entire process is a vibrant and evolving exploration.
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Academy in Paris, Peter practiced his craft in the esteemed kitchens of Daniel Boulud, Mike Tusk of Quince and the mythic L’Arpege with chef-proprietor Alain Passard. Peter credits his return to France in 2011 and time working with Passard, who renders his recipes in paper collage, for confirming that the pairing of food and art was his future.