Chefs Revisit Classic Julia Child Episodes in a New PBS Series
After previously announcing a new Vivian Howard show (now called Somewhere South) and a documentary featuring The Inn at Little Washington, it looks like PBS has even more exciting culinary programming to look forward to this year. On February 20, the broadcaster announced Dishing with Julia Child, a six-part tribute series dedicated to the late, great French chef that will start streaming later this month.
Each installment features an episode from Child’s PBS show, The French Chef, and brings together nine prominent chefs—José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard, Sara Moulton, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and Martha Stewart—to screen Child's beloved series and share anecdotes along the way. The selected episodes will be “The Whole Fish Story,” “The Good Loaf,” “Your Own French Onion Soup,” “Boeuf Bourguignon,” “The Potato Show,” and “To Roast a Chicken.” (In case you weren’t aware, Child is firmly in the camp of washing your chicken before roasting it, as she expressed on Julia & Jacques Cooking At Home, another PBS series she starred in with Pépin.)
"Julia Child pioneered what cooking shows have become today and to get a once-in-a-lifetime look at how she inspired the master chefs of today is truly a treat,” Andrea Downing, co-president of PBS Distribution, said in a statement.
The show will stream on PBS Living (available on Prime Video Channels and Apple TV) as well as PBS Passport starting February 28—the broadcast premiere, on the other hand, will be spread across three Fridays in April. “The Whole Fish Story” and “The Good Loaf” will launch on April 3, “Your Own French Onion Soup” and “Boeuf Bourguignon” will air on April 10, and finally, “The Potato Show” and “To Roast a Chicken” will close out the series on April 17.
Child will also be honored at The Beatrice Inn on June 16 during Angie Mar’s “Icon Series,” a group of dinners that pay homage to several famous French chefs—Alain Sailhac, Jacques Torres, Jacques Pépin, and André Soltner in addition to Child. Each dinner will have a unique menu featuring dishes from the chefs’ respective cookbooks, and while they’re still being finalized, we do know that the Julia Child dinner will include boeuf bourguignon. Tickets are $185 each plus tax and gratuity, and wine and spirits will be offered à la carte. To make your reservation, e-mail email@example.com or call 212-675-2808.