Joanne Weir is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and judge, international cooking teacher and chef. Her award-winning PBS series, “Joanne Weir Gets Fresh” began airing nationally in the US January, 2015 with a second season beginning January, 2016. Her ultimate calling is teaching others to cook throughout the world. Joanne spends several months each year in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Great Britain, South America and Mexico, sharing her extensive background with regard to nutrition, food theory and technique. Her award-winning Culinary Journey’s program takes students to study with her along the Mediterranean in Italy, Spain, France, Morocco and Greece.
With the release of her book Tequila: A Guide to Types Flights, Cocktails and Bites (Ten Speed Press 2009), in 2012, Weir’s career took an exciting twist as she opened Copita, a modern Mexican restaurant and tequileria in Sausalito, California along with restaurateur extraordinaire, Larry Mindel. Copita was named Best Mexican Restaurant in the Bay Area by 7x7 Magazine and featured on the cover of San Francisco Magazine as one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Francisco in 2014.
Joanne has received many awards and accolades during her illustrious career. She was one of 20 American women chefs appointed by the State Department to the American Chef Corp in 2012, named to promote world relations through food. She was awarded the first IACP Julia Child Cooking Teacher Award of Excellence, two Taste Awards for her television work, one for Passion in 2011 and the other for the Best New Television Series for Cooking Confidence in 2013. That same year, Joanne was honored with the Tour Operator of the Year Award from the IACP for her highly acclaimed Culinary Journeys program.