Appreciating Amazing Alamedans: Local Culinary Treasure, Weezie Mott

Mike Lano    Culinary consultant Rosemary Mark, left, and Weezie Mott team up for a class at the Weezie Mott Cooking School of Alameda.

Among the many fascinating Alameda personalities who make the Island City such a great place to live is celebrity chef Weezie Mott. The nonegenarian has rubbed shoulders with the top culinary echelon, including Julia Child, James Beard and Alice Waters. 

I mention her age only to salute the many decades she has been welcoming future chefs of America into her personal kitchen on Dayton Street. She conducts blocks of cooking classes, multiple times annually at her home studio. 

She just began a new class series featuring Rosemary Mark culinary consultant. In her career, Mark has provided test-kitchen services including recipe development and testing for publications; new product innovation; and cooking demonstrations for events, trade shows and classes. 

Each block of classes with Mott includes day and evening classes and lasts three to four weeks with new guest chefs every week complementing her kitchen. The current series includes a visit from the head chef at Park Street’s C’Era Una Volta, Rudy Duran, and concludes with Mott herself headlining her own week’s worth of lectures.  

Despite her busy travel schedule, Mott puts on these series several times each year. Students have to act quickly on her class notices since the seats usually sell out. 

The longtime Alamedan received a local honor last month, when Girls Inc. of the Island City gave her a Women Who Dare (and achieve) Award. For many years Mott, along with her late husband Howard, conducted her own travel dining and shopping trips all over the world and at reasonable group tour prices that many locals remember.

Call 521-4069 or visit to learn more about Alameda’s Weezie Mott Cooking School.