Wine provides the creative impetus behind Executive Chef Peter Janiak’s Sonoma County inspired pairings. His extensive culinary background has always been rooted in finding the perfect combination of ingredients, specifically the intrinsic relationship shared between wine and food.

Peter grew up in the small town of Dartmouth, MA with its bountiful farms and coastal vineyards, where the celebration of food and wine was of the utmost importance in the community. He first entered the world of Culinary Arts and Hospitality after graduating from Providence College. Peter started working for a small winery in Little Compton, RI, assisting Executive Chef Ana Sortun. It was Chef Sortun’s mentorship that emboldened Peter to attend New England Culinary Institute in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Chef Janiak’s unique epicurean style explores the wide range of fresh ingredients found in Sonoma County, creating remarkable cuisine perfectly catered to our award winning wines. His self described “rustic-chic” approach maintains an authentic familiarity while elevating our wine-inspired experiences to the next level.

As Executive Chef at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Peter continues his legacy of culinary excellence in Sonoma County. Peter proudly manages the culinary programs at St. Francis Winery including its illustrious Winemaker Dinners, seasonal Estate Pairings, and its ever popular and Nationally acclaimed, multi-course Wine & Food Pairing. Peter’s culinary oversight also includes the Winery’s 2-acre organic vegetable and herb gardens, providing fresh and accessible ingredients to support these programs. Chef Janiak’s epicurean prowess and experience complement the Winery’s variety of culinary engagements and elevate St. Francis Winery & Vineyard’s standard of culinary excellence.