Diane Worthington

Diane Rossen Worthington is considered one of the most knowledgeable experts on California and contemporary American cuisine in the United States. For the past 35 years she has been teaching cooking classes in both classical French cuisine and California cuisine in Los Angeles and noted cooking schools across the country. 


Diane has extensive media experience, traveling nationally to promote her books and has appeared on more than 50 television shows and 100 radio shows. She was the host of her own talk show, California Foods with Diane Worthington, heard on KABC Radio in Los Angeles every Saturday morning from 1993-1995 for which she twice won the International James Beard Award for best culinary radio. She was also beenawarded the California Image Maker Award for 1995 by the Native Daughters of the Golden West. She was also Editor-in-Chief of "Epicurus Online,” a food, travel and wine magazine.


Currently, Diane is a weekly syndicated columnist with the Chicago Tribune Content Agency, where she has been contributing for the last 12 years. Along with Denise Vivaldo and Cindie Flannigan, Diane has been producing the podcast Women Beyond A Certain Age since August 2018.


She is the former food and restaurant editor for KCET Magazine, published by the Southern California PBS station, which is read by over 300,00 subscribers. She is the former food and restaurant editor for The Orange County Hotel Bookand The Connoisseur's Guide to Los Angeles. She has been a contributing editor to the James Beard Foundation Newsletter and is a judge for the James Beard Foundation Book Awards, Restaurant Awards and Media Awards. She has served on the board of directors for the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. She is a member of the American Institute of Food and Wine, the International Association of Cooking Professionals and AFTRA. 


In 1983 her first book, The Cuisine of Californiareceived national acclaim from the Washington Post and the Atlanta Constitution, naming it the best cookbook of the year. USA TODAY described it as "recipes as original and fresh as the cuisine," And The Dallas Times Herald said "Easily the most innovative of the new crop of cookbooks." To date it has sold over 500,000 copies and continues to be referred to as a contemporary classic. 


Her second book, The Taste of Summerwas highly reviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. Food and Wine Magazine called it "a delicious sampling of the season." The San Francisco Chronicle said "Worthington's recipes are mouthwateringly good and are based on the bounty of the season. The dishes are fresh and colorful..." and Bon Appetit Magazine said, "A lovely collection of refreshingly simple recipes of casual entertaining." Her sequel to The Cuisine of California, The California Cook, features fresh, healthful recipes for today's home cook. It has received outstanding reviews from the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Gourmet and Bon Appetit Magazine.


For Williams-Sonoma Diane authored Potatoes, Stir Fry, Appetizers, Soups and Salads, Vegetables and Side Dishes, Picnics and Tailgates,Snow Country Cooking, Soup, Soups and Stews, andFrench.In addition, she is the author of Sunset Books Diner. She also is the author of American Bistro, published by Chronicle. Her latest books are Seriously Simple, Seriously Simple Holidays, andSeriously Simple Parties, published by Chronicle Books.


Diane has written for Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Fine Cooking, Good Food Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, Arthritis Information Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Enjoy Magazine, and Southern California Home & Garden Magazine. In 1984 Ms. Worthington became the cookbook editor for the Knapp Press where she coordinated the entire Bon Appetit cookbook program. 


She has also served as the moderator at the Symposium on American Cuisine in 1985, the moderator for the symposium on Southwest Cuisine for the American Institute of Wine and Food and the keynote speaker for the Executive Women International Dinner sponsored by Los Angeles Magazine. She coordinated and moderated the Symposium on California Cuisine for UCLA. For three years she coordinated the California Wine Perspective in New York that brought together great American chefs with California wineries. She is a visiting instructor at The Culinary Institute of America Greystone in Napa, California. 


Since 1978 Ms. Worthington has been a culinary consultant and spokesperson. She has done menu planning, recipe development and trend analysis for hotels, restaurants and food companies. Some of her clients include the Proctor and Gamble Food Division, California Avocado Commission, the Idaho Potato Commission, El Torito Restaurant, Ellen Brown Consultants in Washington D.C., The Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, The Newport Beach Meridien Hotel, The Newporter Hotel in Newport Beach, Reflections Restaurant, The Parkway Grill, The Crocodile Cafe and Pirets in San Diego. Her particular area of expertise has been working with chefs and food and beverage directors to develop menus and recipes tailored for their focused clientele. 

Diane was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in counseling. Her culinary education includes a certificate from the Cordon Bleu in London and classes with James Beard, Madeleine Kamman, Guiliano Bugialli, and Jacques Pepin. She lives in Sherman Oaks, California. 

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