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Virginia Willis – www.virginiawillis.com
Virginia Willis

Virginia Willis is a chef, food writer, spokesperson, and popular blogger at www.virginiawillis.com.

She also is a culinary TV producer, professional recipe developer, and social media authority.

Her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French dishes a down-home Southern feel and reimagining homey Southern favorites en Française.

Building on the success of the critically acclaimed Bon Appétit, Y’all, nominated by the IACP as Best American cookbook of 2008, her current book, Basic to Brilliant, Y’all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress them Up for Company has been equally well received and acknowledged by Food & Wine magazine as having one of the best recipes of 2011 and FOX News as one of the Top Ten Cookbooks for 2011.


Areas of Expertise
  • American
  • Southern
  • French
  • Classic Technique
  • Professional CCT, L’Academie de Cuisine
  • Grande Diplome, Ecole de Cuisine LaVarenne
  • Land ‘o Lakes
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Idaho Potatoes
  • Avocados from Mexico
  • Gold Peak Iced Tea
  • Duke’s Mayonnaise

Complete Bibliography (Various Roles Including Author, Editor, and Featured Chef)

  • Home Plate Cooking
  • The All New Joy of Cooking
  • Atlanta Cooks at Home
  • Cook it Right


  • The Washington Post
  • Ladies Home Journal
  • Publisher’s Weekly
  • MARTHA Stewart Living Television
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Houston Chronicle
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • House Beautiful
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • FamilyFun Magazine
  • Real Simple TV
  • Saveur.com
  • SteamyKitchen.com
  • Wall Street Journal
  • CookingChannel.com
  • USA Today
  • Food52

Television Experience

Kitchen Director
Guest Appearances
  • Epicurious
  • The Discovery Channel
  • Home Plate with Marvin Woods
  • Shirley Corriher’s Kitchen Secrets Revealed!
  • The Main Ingredient, Bobby Flay
  • Family and Friends, Southern Memories, Nathalie Dupree
  • Martha Stewart Living Television
  • Mad Hungry TV
  • Paula Deen’s Best Dishes
  • Real Simple TV
  • Throwdown with Bobby Flay

Video and Radio