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Learn how to make juicy Southern fried chicken, classic sides and pulled pork with Chef Virginia Willis.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials, including recipes
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Virginia Willis
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Hope you’re hungry! You'll come away from this class with a repertoire of dishes you've only enjoyed south of the Mason-Dixon line... until now. With a focus on fresh ingredients and methods rooted in French techniques, Chef Willis brings her infectious sense of humor and Southern style to recipes you'll enjoy for years to come.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Classic Southern Breads
Meet Chef Virginia Willis! To begin, Virginia shows you how to fill your Southern bread basket with crispy, tender-crumbed skillet cornbread. Then, find out how to use a light touch for flaky, airy buttermilk biscuits.
2. Glorious Grits
3. Southern Sides
4. Fried Chicken & Gravy
5. Pulled-Pork Barbecue
6. Simple Seafood

Taught by

Virginia  Willis
Virginia Willis
Chef Virginia Willis is the author of Lighten Up, Y'all, Bon Appétit, Y'all, and Basic to Brilliant, Y'all, as well as Okra and Grits by Short Stack Editions. Lighten Up, Y'all: Classic Southern Recipes Made Healthy and Wholesome received a 2016 James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence in the Focus on Health category and was a finalist for Best American cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Virginia is currently in development with WGBH for a series called Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South to air nationally on public television stations. She is a contributing editor for Southern Living and her column, Cooking with Virginia, debuts in fall 2016. The Chicago Tribune praised her as one of "Seven Food Writers You Need to Know." A popular Southern chef, her legion of fans love her knack for giving classic French cooking a down-home feel and reimagining Southern recipes en Français. Her eponymous food blog, tagged as a favorite blog by Saveur magazine, receives rave reviews for her recipes and stories celebrating her Southern heritage and classic French training. Learn more about Virginia and follow her traveling exploits at

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