Peter was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. His father was a career military officer so he grew up traveling all over the world. By the time he graduated high school in Stuttgart, Germany he had travelled all over Europe, lived in Japan, and seen most of the United States. Traveling was in his blood. Peter started working around boats during his summer vacations and again after high school while in college, first getting a license on the Great Lakes and then moving on to an Ocean license Captaining yachts for over 40 years.
Michael was born and raised in Michigan where he developed a love for sailing and fishing. Developing a love for cuisine and cooking came as a natural extension of the environment Michael was raised in; his father was Coordinator of Food Services at Michigan State University and his mother was a Home Economics teacher at a local high school.