A veteran who spawned an entire industry based on his passion for home cooking
Chuck Williams is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
Chuck makes his first trip to Europe, where he observes what the French, German, and Swedish cooks use in their kitchens.
Purchases a hardware store in downtown Sonoma and converts it into a specialty French cookware store.
Williams-Sonoma Store opens at 576 Sutter Street in San Francisco.
Travels to Europe to import cookware from France, beginning the company’s long tradition of introducing the world’s most enduring brands to American home cooks.
First Williams-Sonoma catalogue is released.
Williams-Sonoma goes public.
Chuck publishes his first cookbook, The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook and Guide to Kitchenware.
The James Beard Foundation names Williams the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage” and awards him the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award a year later.
Williams-Sonoma goes global by launching its first store in Canada.
Chuck Williams is inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame.
Williams-Sonoma Cooking Schools open, carrying on Chuck’s mission to teach home cooks how to master culinary techniques.
Chuck dies at the age of 100.
The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum is expected to open in late summer at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa.
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