About Tante Marie

Mary Risley’s career has spanned over 40 years of teaching people to cook.  Tante Marie’s Kitchen focusses on her passion of keeping the fun in cooking.


Mary Risley started Tante Marie’s Cooking School as a full-time School over 30 years ago. In 1997, she was honored “The Cooking Teacher of the Year” by BON APPETIT magazine. In 1998, she was awarded “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, for her efforts to help alleviate hunger in San Francisco, through the volunteer organization she directs called Food Runners. In 2008 she received the Jefferson Award in San Francisco for Food Runners.

She is the author of THE TANTE MARIE’S COOKING SCHOOL COOKBOOK published by Simon & Schuster in 2003.