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Our Founder: Chuck Williams

Williams-Sonoma's culinary legacy began in 1956, when Chuck Williams opened his original cookware shop in the Northern California wine country town of Sonoma. Offering classic French kitchen equipment many Americans had never seen before, the store soon gained the patronage of dedicated home cooks and professional chefs alike.

Celebrating His Discoveries

As the founder of Williams-Sonoma, Chuck spent years scouring European shops, restaurants and factories for items that soon became American kitchen classics.

See Chuck's Finds >