Blowtorch used by Julia Child


Julia Child used this brass blowtorch and hose, attached to a fuel canister (not included in collection), for browning meringue (e.g., for Baked Alaska) and caramelizing crème brûlée. Julia introduced her students and fans to this tool adapted for the kitchen on her televised cooking shows. As an effective prop, it was also a new way of doing a technically difficult task. After watching Julia wield the blowtorch, aspiring cooks went to hardware stores and demanded blowtorches too. When smaller, specialized cook’s blowtorches became widely available, they replaced the large torches and tanks. This blowtorch was manufactured by the Bernzomatic Corporation in Germany.

Date Made: 1963 - 1993

Licensee: Bernzomatic CorporationMaker: Bernzomatic Corporation

Place Made: West GermanyAssociated Place: Germany, Federal Republic of

Subject: CookingRadio and television broadcastingTelevision broadcastsFood Culture


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Occupations, Food, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, Julia Child's Kitchen

Exhibition: Food: Transforming the American Table

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Julia Child

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0140.01Catalog Number: 1993.0140.01Accession Number: 1993.0140Patent Number: 3029807

Object Name: blowtorch

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 155 cm; 61 1/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1143890

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