FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Behind the Scenes

Because early episodes of The French Chef were shot in one take, every detail of the cooking and camera work was worked out in advance.  With no written script, Julia practiced each program so she would know exactly what to do when the huge cameras started rolling.

Julia Child with WGBH camera

Julia Child with WGBH camera

Photo by Paul Child. Courtesy of Julia Child Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Julia and crew on the set

Julia and crew on the set

In 1963, cooking on television was a new and Julia and the WGBH production staff developed a good rapport as they worked out the details of managing tools and ingredients. In this playful moment, they are spoofing the fiction that Julia did everything herself.

Photo by Paul Child. Courtesy of Julia Child Papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Emmy Award, 1996

Julia Child won an Emmy for “Outstanding Service Show Host” for the show In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, which first aired in 1993. 

Gift of Geoffrey Drummond in memory of Julia Child

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Emmy nomination letter, 1966

Julia Child was nominated for and won an Emmy Award for “Individual Achievement in Educational Television” as “Hostess” of The French Chef.

Gift of the Cousins and McWilliams families

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