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About Wendy

A cultural and culinary historian with a PhD in French literature and art history from Princeton University

Wendy was born in the USA and moved to France as a teenager, sparking a life-long passion for all things French. In 2011 she settled in Wellington, NZ, where she teaches courses on French culture for Victoria University Continuing Education (including a recent series May 2019 on La Belle Epoque in Paris and leads culinary, art-themed tours to France.

Wendy is also a professional chef and runs innovative cooking classes, including a series based on the recipes of the Impressionist painters. In 2017 she created a Monet-themed gastronomic dinner at Hippopotamus restaurant for Wellington on a Plate; in 2018 she ran a Belle Epoque-themed 6-course feast with Sofitel, Wellington, with a live concert of cabaret and opera music.

Wendy currently manages Crave Cooking School in Lyall Bay.

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