- Johanna was educated in the public schools of Los Angeles. Upon graduation from L.A. High, she entered the University of Southern California. Originally a sociology major, she added a second major when the head of the German department called her attention to the availability of a scholarship for a woman majoring in German. Throughout her four years at U.S.C., Johanna was active in student government, campus publications, and a number of service organizations. She was tapped for both service and academic honoraries, and as she had been in high school, was selected one of the outstanding women in her graduating class. Blessed with a father who loved to eat and a mother who hated to cook, she was able to earn a half dozen food-related Girl Scout merit badges in less than a year. Later in life, she continued honing her culinary skills taking classes with teachers ranging from Wolfgang Puck, Joachim Splichal, and Roy Yamaguchi (before they were famous) to Michelin-starred Chefs Jacques Maximin and Anton Mosimann. An unabashed fan of afternoon tea, to date her favorite is one she savored while traveling aboard a restored, vintage Pullman dining car from Folkstone to London, the final leg of a journey on the Orient Express, that had originated in Venice, Italy.
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