Chillicothe man to star in new Food Network cooking show inspired by Julia Child

A Chillicothe man will take part in a new cooking show inspired by Julia Child. Dustin Rennells will appear on The Julia Child Challenge, which airs on Food Network and Discovery+ on March 14 at 8 p.m.

Rennells says he moved to Boston after graduating from high school in 2000. He went to arts and education school and got into event planning and catering. He was able to develop his talents which had developed while he was at Chillicothe.


Rennells says he had a private catering business for a while as well as a cupcake delivery service.

Growing up, he enjoyed going to Francine’s Pastry Parlor in Chillicothe. He took over the business and has owned it since December. He renamed it The Parlor Bakery and Cafe. He notes that it’s basically a continuation of what Francine Davenport had. Owning the business fulfilled Rennells’ dream of owning his own restaurant, bakery and cafe.

He says the Julia Child Challenge was his first experience competing with others who also love to cook. He was happy to be selected and to be one of the original eight contestants. He hopes the show will continue, so more people can experience it and honor Julia Child.

Rennells describes the show as cooking in Child’s world.

Rennells calls himself a super fan of Julia Child. Growing up, he watched her and recreated some of her dishes. He would pretend to host his own show.

He met her at a movie theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Rennells says the challenge was filmed last summer at a Child-related location. He comments that he can’t tell the location, so he doesn’t spoil the show for viewers.

He found out he would be on the show a few days before he was there. He thinks he was found via TikTok.

Rennells says the Julia Child Challenge judges came from different aspects of the kitchen. They included food critics, restaurant owners, and people from other Food Network shows.

A winner will be announced at the end of the Julia Child Challenge. Rennells says the prize includes the opportunity to learn like Child did in France.

When the show airs on Food Network and Discovery+ on March 14, Dustin Rennells will be excited to see what will be shown of what happened with the competition.

(The photo is a screenshot of the show’s information on the Food Network website)



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