Peter Hoffman

Peter Hoffman is a New York-based chef and cookbook author. For over two decades, he owned and operated the seminal SoHo farm-to-table restaurant, Savoy. Dubbed “A Locavore Before the Word Existed” by The New York Times, Hoffman was an early proponent of seasonal, local cuisine, inspired primarily by the produce he sourced from the Union Square Greenmarket. 


A kitchen job at a Vermont resort sparked Peter Hoffman’s interest in the culinary profession. He began training under renowned chefs like Richard Olney and even traveled to Japan to learn more about food and cooking. These experiences taught him to appreciate the beauty of local ingredients. In 1990, he opened Savoy, one of the first farm-to-table restaurants in the country, followed by Back Forty and Back Forty West. Since shuttering his restaurants, Hoffman has devoted much of his time to writing and speaking about culinary and political topics in articles in Edible Manhattan, op-ed pieces in The New York Times, and appearing in TED Talks. He published his first book, “What’s Good: A Memoir in 14 Ingredients,” in 2021. Part memoir, part cookbook, each of the 14 chapters is named after an ingredient that inspired his Savoy menus.


Peter Hoffman is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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