Anne Willan

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Anne Willan (born January 26, 1938[1] in Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is the founder of the prestigious Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, which operated in Burgundy France from 1991 until 2007. Inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food and Beverage" in America in 1986,[2] Willan is a recognized authority on French cooking,[3] with more than 35 years of experience as a cooking teacher, cookbook author and food columnist. Willan's THE COUNTRY COOKING OF FRANCE received two 2008 James Beard Foundation book awards for best international cookbook and best cookbook photography. Bon Appétit magazine named Willan its cooking teacher of the year in 2000. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 1999 for her contributions to the world of food writing, culinary education and to the IACP itself.[4] She has written a syndicated column on food for the Tribune Media Services since 1994.

Willan received her master's degree from Cambridge University, then studied and taught cooking in London and Paris before moving to the United States, where she became an associate editor of Gourmet magazine and food editor of the Washington Star. In 1975, she moved to Paris and founded La Varenne, which later expanded to offer programs at The Greenbrier and at her home in Burgundy. Her books have been widely published in the United States, the UK and translated into more than 24 languages.


  • Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals, Contributor (2015)
  • Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen (2014)
  • One Soufflé at a Time: A Memoir of Food and France (2013)
  • The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook (2012)
  • The Country Cooking of France (2007)
  • A Cook’s Book of Quick Fixes & Kitchen Tips (2005)
  • The Good Cook (2004)
  • Good Food No Fuss (2003)
  • Cooking with Wine (2001)
  • From My Château Kitchen (2000)
  • In and Out of the Kitchen in Fifteen Minutes or Less
  • Cook It Right (1998)
  • Look and Cook, 17 Volume Series, (1992–1995)
  • La Varenne Pratique (1989)
  • French Regional Cooking (1981)
  • Grand Diplome Cooking Course (1979)
  • Great Cooks and Their Recipes (1977, republished 1992)

Board memberships[edit]


  • Appointed "Chevalier" of the French Legion of Honor, 2014
  • Won two James Beard Foundation Awards for Country Cooking of France, 2008
  • Bon Appetit Cooking Teacher of the Year Award, 2000
  • Lifetime Achievement Award of International Association of Culinary Professionals, 1999
  • Honored in 1995 as Grande Dame of Les Dames d'Escoffier International
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame at Australia's World Food Media ceremonies
  • Elected to the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America in 1986


  1. ^ Andrew F. Smith, The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink (Oxford University Press US, 2007: ISBN 0-19-530796-8), p. 625.
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  3. ^ Russ Parsons, "Anne Willan's Movable Feast Hits LA," The Los Angeles Times, February 13, 2008
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