Food Network

Chef Virginia Willis is the author of Bon Appétit, Y'all and Basic to Brilliant, Y'all. The Chicago Tribune praised her as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know." Her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French cooking a down-home feel and reimagining Southern recipes en Français. She writes the popular comfort food blog called Down-Home Comfort that celebrates comfort food cooking for Food Network and the Cooking Channel. Her eponymous food blog receives rave reviews for her recipes and stories celebrating her Southern heritage and classic French training.

She is a contributing editor for Southern Living and her articles have appeared nationally including Food52 and CNN as well as Country Living, Fine Cooking, and Eating Well. As a nationally recognized Southern food and beverage expert she has been featured in the Washington Post, quoted in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is the former TV kitchen director for Martha Stewart Living, Bobby Flay, and Nathalie Dupree. Virginia has appeared on Food Network's Chopped, Fox Family and Friends, Martha Stewart Living, Paula Deen's Best Dishes, and as a judge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay.

Her culinary consulting company, Virginia Willis Culinary Enterprises, Inc specializes in recipe development, content creation, culinary editorial services, culinary video production, and media training. Recipe development clients include Georgia Pecan Commission, Sodexo, and Preserving Place. Her recipe for Preserving Place's Sweet Onion Confit won Best of Georgia in 2014. Video content and media training services clients in include CharBroil Grills and Roland Foods.

She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d'Escoffier, Georgia Organics, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. Virginia is on the advisory boards for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force. She participates in Chef's Move to Schools and is also part of the No Kid Hungry Blogger Program for Share our Strength.

The Three Day & Why I am Walking

mamas pound cake Some of you know through social media that I am in training to walk in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day in Atlanta this October. It’s 60 miles in three days and I am midway through the 24 week training program. It’s been challenging with my schedule, but it’s something I have wanted to do for years. In this post I am sharing what I wrote on my personal fundraising page and why I am walking.

The training has been very powerful. It’s scary to think about walking 60 miles in three days. Yet, my fear lessens as I train. It felt amazing to accomplish walking 8 then 9 then 10 miles! That made me feel like I can do anything! I have been encouraged by so many friends. Maureen Petrosky kindly shared the laces she wore when she walked and I’ve gotten so many notes and emails of support.

I am walking in honor of my sweet Mama, Jenny B. Willis who is an 11-year survivor. I will never forget the day she called and told me that they had found a lump in her breast. It was that call, the call that happens in the movies, the call that happens to other people, the call that seems surreal and unimaginable. The call that changes your life. Click here to read the rest of this recent blog.