Chuck Williams was the founder of the Williams-Sonoma company in the early 1950s and his business played a major role in introducing French cookware into American kitchens. He celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2015 and died just two months later on December 5.
After Williams' death, his estate donated Williams' nearly 4,000-piece collection of cookware to create the Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum in Napa Valley, California to be operated by the Culinary Institute of America.
The Chuck Williams Culinary Arts Museum at The Culinary Institute of America at Copia is expected to open in spring 2017. Williams - Sonoma stores are Nag magnets so I'm looking forward to seeing this collection. Hopefully the Canadian dollar will take a trip out of the cellar by then.