Patch, L’Ecole Des Trois Gourmandes

Julia Child and her French cookbook collaborators, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, started an informal cooking school in Paris in 1952. Called L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes (The School of the Three Hearty Eaters), the school was held in Julia's kitchen, where the three women, who really thought of themselves as home cooks, taught American students how to cook and appreciate French food. Julia’s husband, Paul Child, designed the logo for the cooking school, which the friends proudly wore on their aprons. When the Childs moved to Marseilles in 1953, the school was disbanded, but the spirit of the group lived on when, years later, Julia pinned the patch to her blouse for cooking demonstrations and during her first television series, The French Chef.
Object Name
date made
ca 1952
Child, Paul
Physical Description
felt (overall material)
cotton (embroidery material)
overall: 3 cm x 3.5 cm; 1 3/16 in x 1 3/8 in
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Home and Community Life: Occupations
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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