Though she did not own a TV set, Julia had been bitten by the television bug from the moment she set foot on a studio set.
Twitch recently ran a marathon rebroadcast of Julia Child’s “The French Chef” on its 24/7 platform for livestreamed cooking.
As a 23 year old on-camera TV neophyte, watching Julia’s completely honest and wonderfully natural television presentations, actually helped me in my own slightly panicky weekly approach to hosting a television show.
I was barely 21 years old on my very first day as floor manager for The French Chef. On that first day I was naturally nervous, but resolved not to let her see it. No easy task, as I would be positioned twelve feet directly in front of her.
In 1985 Julia Child received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Smith College. One of WGBY's supporters arranged for her old classmate to stay on the day after the ceremony to do a reception for our donors.
New USPS ‘Celebrity Chefs Forever’ stamp series features two Cambridge culinary icons: Julia Child and Joyce Chen.
The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame will be inducting Julia Child and David Ives on Friday, September 12, 2014, at noon at Boston Mariott Quincy.
From WGBH: In 1970, Julia made arrangements for WGBH's television crew to visit France and shoot The French Chef on location.
From ABC News — 8/1/2004
Espionage to Escargot: Remembering Culinary Legend Julia Child
Julia Child was irrepressible.
Hers was the mother of all cooking shows — literally. The French Chef went on the air in 1963, and gave birth to a whole new genre, both in television and in the kitchen.
A 1962 appearance on a book review show on the National Educational Television (NET) station of Boston, WGBH, led to the inception of [Julia Child’s] first television cooking show after viewers enjoyed her demonstration of how to cook an omelette. The French Chef had its debut on February 11, 1963, on WGBH and was immediately successful. The show ran nationally for ten years and won Peabody and Emmy Awards, including the first Emmy award for an educational program. Though she was not the first television cook, Child was the most widely seen. She attracted the broadest audience with her cheery enthusiasm, distinctively charming warbly voice, and non-patronizing and unaffected manner.