Peter deJong was born and raised in Amsterdam, Holland and had a typical European training. He graduated from the University of Amsterdam and became a Master Pastry Chef before moving to the United States. In New York, Chef Peter deJong and Great Chef Albert Kumin opened their own restaurant and taught classes at the International Pastry Art Center in Elmsfore.
In 1994, Chef deJong moved to Beaufort, South Carolina to open The Beaufort Inn. Two years later, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape him for their Great Chefs of the South series to be aired over the Discovery Channel.