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Chef Anne Willan

Celebrity Chef

Anne Willan has more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian and food columnist.

Chef Willan as a Cookbook Guru

As a respected culinary master, Chef Willan has written more than two dozen books, including the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17 volume, photo-illustrated Look and Cook series. With books published in two dozen countries and translated in 24 languages, Chef Willan is the most internationally renowned of today's cooking authorities. Other recent works include Quick Fixes and Kitchen Tips (2005) and The Good Cook (2004). Currently, Chef Willan is working on a history of cookbooks based on the antiquarian cookbook collection she and her husband, Mark Cherniavsky, have gathered (to be published by the University of California Press in 2009). She also writes a food column for the Tribune Media Services International food syndicate.

Culinary Arts

Earning Culinary Recognition and Accolades

Chef Willan was honored in 1995 as Grande Dame of Les Dames d'Escoffier International. In 1999, The International Association of Culinary Professionals honored her with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. Meanwhile, the Australian World Food Media awards inducted her in their Hall of Fame. In 2000, Bon Appétit named Chef Willan Cooking Teacher of the Year, and in 2001, the Philadelphia Book and Cook Festival honored her with their Toque Award. Chef Willan is currently an honorary trustee of the Culinary Trust and serves on the Advisory Council of The Julia Child Foundation. She divides her time between Santa Monica, California and Burgundy, France.