Joanne Weir is a television personality, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and judge, international cooking teacher and chef. In her successful award-winning PBS series, “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class” and her new series “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence”, Joanne’s love of teaching cooking and working side-by-side with someone takes center stage. Joanne’s newest book “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence” was released Winter 2012 by Taunton Press.
In 2012, Weir opened Copita, a modern Mexican restaurant and tequileria in Sausalito, California partnering with restaurateur extraordinaire, Larry Mindel. Her other new venture, Joanne Weir Wines, was launched in 2011. In her online wine business, Joanne works with artisanal wine makers from California and around the world producing award-winning wines.
In 2012, Joanne was appointed by Hillary Clinton and the State Department to the American Chef Corp, a group of 80 American chefs named to promote world relations through food.
Awarded the very first IACP Cooking Teacher Award of Excellence in 1996, Joanne shares a lifetime of experience that flavors everything she touches. Her first book, From Tapas to Meze (Crown, 1994,) was nominated for a James Beard Award and selected by Julia Child as one of her 12 personal favorites out of 1000 cookbooks published that year. A revised version of From Tapas to Meze (Ten Speed Press, 2004) was re-released and won the 2004 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for Best Mediterranean Cookbook.
From there she went on to publish many books including James Beard nominated You Say Tomato (Broadway Books 1998). Her talents were finally brought to life in the PBS series “Weir Cooking in the Wine Country”, shot on location in the Napa Valley. The companion book, Weir’s More Cooking in the Wine Country (Simon & Schuster, 2001) went on to garner a James Beard Award nomination and an IACP Cookbook Award nomination. Joanne’s adopted hometown, San Francisco, is the culinary setting for “Weir Cooking in the City”, her 26-part PBS series and companion book (Simon & Schuster, 2004) for which she received a James Beard Award. Her latest cookbooks include, “Wine Country Cooking” (Ten Speed Press, 2008) and “Tequila: A Guide to Types, Flights, Cocktails and Bites” (Ten Speed Press, 2009).
Joanne has been featured on numerous television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America and Fox to name a few. In 2012, Joanne was named Consulting Editor-at-Large of Fine Cooking Magazine. .She also writes for many national magazines including, Cooking Light, Bon Appétit, Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, AARP The Magazine and Sunset Magazine. In 2012, Joanne acted as host of the Martha Stewart Cooking Live radio show on Sirius FM.
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 operated a restaurant in Boston at the turn of the century called Pilgrim’s Pantry. That enthusiasm for food was passed down to her grandfather and mother, a professional chef and caterer, who worked for years with the legendary cookbook author, Charlotte Turgeon. Joanne continues that same tradition, though it wasn’t until after getting a degree in Art Education from the University and Massachusetts and teaching Fine Arts in Boston that she found her way back to the table.
Joanne spent five years cooking with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California and studied with Madeleine Kamman in France and was awarded a Master Chef Diploma with honors. Her ultimate calling has been in her teaching which has taken her throughout the United States, as well as all over the world,– Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UK, South America, Mexico and Canada. She spends several months of the year touring the globe sharing her extensive background with regard to nutrition, food theory and technique, in particular Mediterranean cuisine and the regional foods of the U.S. All these elements come alive in her thoughtful classes as well as her delightful words and television series.