Cal Peternell was the chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley for over twenty years. In addition to creating daily menus and running the kitchens at Alice Waters’ influential restaurant, he helped to teach a generation of new cooks, and organized countless events to promote quality public education, sustainable agriculture, and support for the arts. Cal has published two celebrated cookbooks, the New York Times bestselling Twelve Recipes and A Recipe for Cooking. His third, Almonds, Anchovies, and Pancetta will be out in September 2018. Cal’s drive to teach people the pleasure and satisfaction to be found cooking at home led him to co-create the Cooking By Ear podcast, which launched in March 2018.
Cal grew up on a small farm in New Jersey and earned a BFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Cal and his wife, artist Kathleen Henderson, have 3 sons and live in the San Francisco Bay Area.