Terri Wuerthner

  • Award-winning culinary writer whose work has appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years
  • Author of two cookbooks
  • Chef-instructor
  • Certified Culinary Professional (CCP) and Certified Dietary Counselor (DC)


Terri Pischoff Wuerthner is a former writer for The Spruce. She is a chef-instructor and food writer with a passion for her 10th-generation Cajun roots, including the food, history, culture, and her many Cajun relatives. She grew up in California watching her Cajun grandparents, father, aunt and uncle prepare dishes from gumbo to bread pudding and everything in between, and made her first roux at 5 years of age (not knowing that she was too young to use the stove).

She has been writing about food, especially Cajun and Creole food, for more than 20 years. She is a member of the San Francisco Professional Food Society, the Sonoma County Culinary Guild, Bay Area Travel Writers' Association, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. She founded the Marin Slow Food Convivium in 2000, and was the convivium leader for several years.

She worked in the education department of the Culinary Institute of America, editing and writing recipes, books and educational materials for classes and corporate clients.

She lives in the Sonoma County wine country, where she teaches Cajun cooking classes and is involved in the many festivals and fairs celebrating Cajun cooking, music and culture.


Terri Pischoff Wuerthner graduated from Le Cordon Rouge as a Certified Culinary Professional. She also obtained her certificate as a Certified Dietary Counselor.

Awards and Publications

Her articles and recipes have appeared in Bon Appetit, Gastronomica, Snail, The Washington Post, Mademoiselle, Mother Earth Living, and many other publications.



  • 2001 Tyson Foods Fellowship for American Home Cooking
  • 2004 American Egg Board Fellowship
  • Finalist, American Lamb Professional Chef Recipe Contest

Expertise: Cajun Food, Creole Food

About The Spruce

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