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Meet Chef Peter Calley

>> Executive Chef, Culinary Hedonism

How long have you been cooking?

I come from a Greek family so cooking and eating was always a huge part of my life. I grew up learning to cook from both of my parents. My dad enjoyed baking and I picked up a lot from him. Starting in middle school, I would attempt recipes from “The Joy of Cooking". I’ve been cooking professionally in Portland and San Diego for a combined 8 years. I taught at and managed a cooking school here in San Diego and Portland for four years so I’m very adept at teaching others culinary technique in a fun and relaxed manner!

What is your cooking style?

I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and I firmly believe that that area has some of the best seafood, vegetables, fruit, wine, and beer in the world. At my pop-up dinners and classes my cooking style pays homage to Oregon in the style of contemporary Pacific Northwest Cuisine using local ingredients from San Diego County.

 What made you pursue a career feeding people?

Feeding people has always been how I show people that I really care about them. I also really enjoy the challenge and pushing myself creatively.

What do you love to cook at home?

I love to make pasta from scratch! Recently, I’ve been experimenting with sourdough starters and have gotten into baking Rye breads. Paella is always a fun dish to make at home because it’s social and I get to interact with my friends while making it.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Diego?

Right now, One Door North in North Park because they have $1 oysters during happy hour!

If you were a piece of produce, what would you be?

A cucumber because I’m cool, refreshing, and incredibly versatile! 


Click here for sample menus from Chef Peter. 


Photos courtesy of Peter Calley, Kelly Chang and LindsMarie Photo