Saying Good-Bye to Chuck Williams


The Williams-Sonooma family has lost a dear friend, an inspiring mentor and our favorite cook. We are saddened to share the news that today Williams-Sonoma founder Chuck Williams died of natural causes at the age of 100. Chuck’s personal love of cooking and entertaining, coupled with his belief that professional and home cooks should have access to high-quality cookware and tools inspired him to open his first Williams-Sonoma store in 1956 in Sonoma, California. Chuck was best known as the merchant who introduced America to French kitchen products such as the soufflé dish, the Madeleine mold, the sauté pan and even balsamic vinegar. He introduced American cooks to the tastes and tools of new cultures, inspired curiosity around exotic flavors and preparations. Chuck was equally respected outside the kitchen as a generous benefactor of culinary education, healthcare and youth services.

Chuck Williams’ spirit will live on forever in our kitchens—and in our hearts.

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