Episode 31-Legendary Maître d’ Nick Peyton
Maître d’ Nick Peyton
Nick Peyton has spent his entire fifty-year working career in the hospitality industry performing every possible position from dishwasher through owner, but the front of house has always been his principal focus. His first major management job was at the Fairmont Hotel’s Squire Room. From 1978 through 1987 the Squire won the most prestigious awards of that day. Then from 1987 to 1991 he was at the helm of Masa’s, acknowledged during those years as the greatest restaurant in the Bay Area.
Moving to the Ritz Carton Dining Room in 1991 he guided it to the same lofty position, leading him to partner with the Dining Room Chef Gary Danko at his eponymous restaurant in 1999.
In 2001 Douglas Keane invited Nick to join him in creating a dining destination in Healdsburg, Sonoma County. Their partnership, tested by the challenges of independent restaurant ownership, has persevered the past 17 years to great success; first with Market Restaurant in St Helena, through the Two Michelin Star Cyrus, the classic “burger joint” Healdsburg Bar and Grill and now Two Birds One Stone.
After all those years have flown by; each time stepping onto the restaurant floor brings him renewed excitement and a passion for creating special dining experiences for every guest.