Chef Frances Wilson can’t remember a time when her life has not revolved around food, from an early age cooking with her mother and then professionally as a chef and teacher. There are some that will say it's all she ever thinks about!
Frances trained as a high school teacher of Home Economics in her native Ireland. She moved to Berkeley in 1999 and was Executive Chef of the award winning Lalime’s Restaurant for ten years. This was followed by four years as Culinary Director at Château Routas in Provence, France, where she catered to chateau guests and ran cooking classes.
Over the years, she has taught at many Bay Area locations including Sur La Table, Draegar’s and Ferry Building Farmers’ Market. She worked at Copia, The Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa, developing programs and teaching.
Most recently, she was Professional Culinary Instructor at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, leading both the Professional Culinary Program and weekend specialty classes. She currently teaches at the Silverado Cooking School in Napa.
Frances is passionate about teaching people how to cook real food with great local ingredients. She wants people to know that cooking simple meals doesn’t have to be a chore, but can be fun time spent with family and friends.