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Behind the Kitchen Door: The Cooking Teacher’s Kitchen

Robyn Doyon-Aitken; Floor plan and photos by Charles Miller
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Text by Charles Miller

When Fine Cooking‘s consulting editor at large Joanne Weir isn’t on the road leading culinary excursions or teaching cooking classes in Peru or Provence, you can find her in her home kitchen-classroom-studio in San Francisco, writing cookbooks (number 18 is in the works), taping her popular PBS television show Cooking Confidence, or making dinner for herself and her husband, Joseph.

Their Pacific Heights Victorian is personalized with souvenirs from their travels. Rugs, paintings, light fixtures, serving platters, and cookware from around the world help set a casual, warm atmosphere. Joanne’s mega-watt smile and infectious laugh do the rest, whether she’s welcoming friends, TV crews, or cooking students into her kitchen.

I traveled to San Francisco to see if a home kitchen designed to be both a classroom and a television set could offer design ideas for people who cook off-camera, and to see first-hand if Joanne could really spit-roast a leg of lamb in her fireplace without setting off the smoke alarm. The answer to both questions: a resounding “yes.”

Enter the giveaway: Watch the tour, then leave a comment on Joanne’s Must-Have Cooking Tools post for your chance to win the items (including a Vitamix Pro Series 500!) this cooking teacher gives an A+.


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  • dlauriemi | 09/25/2013

    Fantastic! Love the warmth, colors, bricks, and wonderful accents you have collected. Your recipes are terrific, thanks!

  • LemonZest | 09/14/2013

    You look happy and fabulous in your great kitchen and on your terrific show. Love that your space is filled with natural light and warm wood; the seriousness of the Sub Zero-Wolf 6 burner gas stove, convection oven, refrigerator, wine fridge; the unique wood fired rotisserie and grill in the brick fireplace and the array of knives, plates, platters and the exquisite Moroccan sideboard. My only wish is that we could have peaked into the walk-in pantry either in the video or the magazine lay-out. Thanks for sharing all of this with us.

  • WisMs | 07/16/2013

    I think your pride in the great job you did designing your kitchen makes it so obvious that you LOVE what you do. I would LOVE to ccok in your kitchen...such attention to detail.
    I marvel at the way you encourage your students to try new things, use bigger chef knives or cut an onion properly. Good job! You ROCK!

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