Since they got married in 1961, Bill Wurtzel has made healthy, artistic and hilarious breakfasts for Claire just an expression of his love for her.
Bill makes any food look visually appealing. With his skills as an artist and jazz musician, he improvises the food designs spontaneously with whatever ingredients are on hand.
Claire is a “Weight Watcher” and Bill is very supportive. He measures the ingredients of whatever crazy dish he’s preparing so Claire can calculate the points.
Their book, “Funny Food” – 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts, is widely acclaimed. Claire and Bill conduct Funny Food workshops in schools that make it fun for kids to learn about nutrition.
Bill & Claire
BILL WURTZEL is an artist and jazz guitarist. Bill has played worldwide with many jazz legends including the Count Basie Countsmen, Bill Doggett,Jimmy McGriff, and the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band. Bill performs every Wednesday 2-3 p.m. at the American Folk Art Museum. He is a founding director of the Jazz Foundation of America, which helps jazz and blues musicians in need. You can check out his website here.
CLAIRE WURTZEL has been an educator for over 40 years…helping teachers with students with learning and/or behavior challenges. Claire is on the faculty of the American Museum of Natural History. Claire was on the faculty of Bank Street Graduate School, where she taught and chaired the Department of Special Education. Claire also worked with administrators, parents, psychologists, librarians, and museum educators both nationally and internationally.
Claire and Bill have 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and live in New York City.