Sonoma State names Alexandre Purroy as New Executive Chef

Local chef with international experience Alexandre Purroy joins University Culinary Services as Executive Chef.  

Having held marquis Chef positions at five star hotels in over ten countries as well as operating his own restaurant in Maui, Hawaii, Chef Purroy has spent the last fifteen years as chef/owner of Doce Lunas in Kenwood.  A product of Sonoma County, Chef Purroy was born and raised in Santa Rosa, graduating from Montgomery High School and studying in the Hotel and Restaurant Department at City College of San Francisco and apprenticing at the prestigious St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.  From a young age, Chef Purroy knew he wanted to travel the world and cooking gave him that option. He spent over twenty years travelling the world, honing his craft and being influenced by the foods and the cultures he encountered.

Chef Purroy looks forward to bringing his worldly cuisine style to the students of Sonoma State University.  He wants the students to know that he welcomes their suggestions when it comes to the culinary offerings on campus saying “[students can] feel free to… talk to me and let me know how you like everything or how you don’t. [I’ll] have an open forum policy, let’s talk about food.”  In support of this collaboration, Chef Purroy is meeting with members of the campus community to get their impressions of University Culinary Services to see what is and is not meeting expectations.

Chef Purroy is looking forward to taking his culinary life experience and translating it to a learning experience for students.  He wants students to remember their culinary experience as comfortable, happy, and nourishing and hopes to instill in the student body a respect and understanding for foods from all different cultures.

University Culinary Services, operated by Sonoma State Enterprises, Inc. (an auxiliary of Sonoma State University), provides culinary oversight and execution for Sonoma State University through its eight dining venues, catering and concessions programs.  It is proud to be largest employer of students with over 450 student employees.  

Sonoma State University (SSU) is a public liberal arts college located in California's premier wine country, one hour north of San Francisco. Nestled at the base of the idyllic Sonoma Mountains, the campus is home to more than 9,000 undergraduate students and is among the most popular campuses in the California State University system. Named a "Most Wired" campus by The Princeton Review and a "Best Regional University" by U.S. News & World Report, SSU was first in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in Wine Business.