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Joanne Weir

Joanne is the host and Executive Producer for several television series, including her latest, Joanne Weir's Plates & Places. Filmed on location worldwide, each episode provides viewers with a virtual trip to several of Joanne's culinary destinations in the Mediterranean and beyond!

Joanne's passion for home cooking was stoked by a legacy of life in the kitchen. A fourth-generation professional chef, Joanne's great-grandmother ran the Pilgrim's Pantry restaurant in Boston at the turn of the century. Her enthusiasm for food was passed down to Joanne’s grandfather and also to her mother, who worked as a professional chef along with the legendary cookbook author Charlotte Turgeon. After achieving a degree in Art Education from the University and Massachusetts and teaching Fine Arts, Joanne continued the family tradition. Joanne's early years in food included studying with Madeleine Kamman in France. After receiving a Master Chef Diploma, Joanne cooked with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

Joanne travels and teaches cooking classes throughout the world. For years, she has led small group tours to her favorite culinary destinations, including Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Morocco, and Australia. A James Beard award-winning cookbook author who has written 17 cookbooks, Joanne was inspired by these trips to pen her most recent food memoir, Kitchen Gypsy: Stories and Recipes from a Lifetime Romance with Food, published in September 2015. And her travels also led to the theme for Joanne Weir's Plates & Places. In each episode, Joanne shares new culinary discoveries and techniques to bring the flavor of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, and renowned wine regions in the US, into the home kitchen. This engaging series has earned nominations for multiple awards and was chosen as the "Best New Series" and "Best of Europe” by the Taste Awards.

Additionally, Joanne teaches cooking at events across the United States and her San Francisco studio kitchen. Joanne has written for several national publications, including Sunset Magazine, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine. Joanne is also a co-owner of Copita, an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant in Sausalito, California.

Joanne has an extensive culinary background regarding the history, theory, and technique of Mediterranean cuisine and the regional foods of the United States, particularly California. These elements are brought to life in her creative, thoughtful, enthusiastic classes, writing, and television series.

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