As a television chef, Julia Child was ahead of her time.
This means she never did what Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Ted Allen, Guy Fieri and others did – host a cooking competition show such as “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Chopped”.
This form of cooking show has not yet been invented.
While Child, who died in 2004 at the age of 91, can no longer host a competition show, she can inspire one.
That’s what will happen when “The Julia Child Challenge” debuts on the Food Network and Discovery Plus.
Eight contestants, all Child fans, will battle it out for the grand prize of a three-month, all-expenses-paid cooking class at LeCordon Bleu, an ideal location for those looking to be the next Julia Child.
The first memory most of us have of Child was watching his show, “The French Chef,” on public television.
The series was black and white and the signal on Channel 24 was used to fading for many people, but we were captivated by Child, who was an entertainer as much as a chef.
The reception will be much better this time around when Child appears on the big screen to give advice to his proteges
Antonia Lofaso will be the head judge, joined weekly by a rotating panel of guest judges.
“Julia Child is a culinary hero for all cooks,” said Courtney White, President of the Food Network. “From the kitchen to Julia’s own words, the level of detail in an episode can only be described as breathtaking.”
White said the contestants will also be storytellers, talking about how Julia Child changed their lives.
And she’s about to change their lives again, thanks to this series.
There have been many TV chefs, but Child remains special because she was the first to show that cooking shows can create an audience if produced in the right way.
That’s why winning the first “Julia Child Challenge” will be a professional achievement for the person who wins it.
There were rarely criticisms of the UConn women’s basketball team on its SNY TV shows for one important reason – it deserved none.
The team dominated nearly every SNY game they played, meaning there were far more superlatives than negatives – almost no negatives.
This season, however, there have been a few speed bumps on the pitch and the team is no longer as dominant as before.
SNY analyst Meghan Culmo, however, did not use any pom poms during her coverage. She did a solid job pointing out the team’s mistakes – and there were a few.
There hasn’t been anything sweet on TV shows this year, as Culmo has been very honest with viewers.
Perhaps the best improvement SNY has made in the past two years is letting Culmo handle the halftime interview with UConn coach Geno Auriemma, which can be a tough interview to do, especially if UConn is not playing well.
Culmo, however, knows how to bring out the best in Auriemma, which translates into quality television.
In most half-time interviews with coaches, there are more clichés than relevant information.
Culmo knew how to transform this one-minute interview into a strength. And the rest of his work was also very good.
The downhill was an event at the Olympics.
This year, however, descent has a different meaning – it is used to describe odds.
Tuesday’s Olympic telecast on NBC produced an audience of 8.7 million viewers, which was good enough to win the night, but well below what the Olympics have done in the past.
Maybe during a pandemic it was a lot harder to get into the Olympic spirit this year.
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