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American Masters: Chefs Flight: James Beard and Julia Child

Friday, May 19, 9-11pm: Get to know some of America's most iconic chefs through American Masters' Chefs Flight. First up: the legendary James Beard and iconic Julia Child.

American Masters: Chefs Flight: James Beard and Julia Child

James Beard: America's First Foodie

At 9pm, xperience a century of food through the life of one man, James Beard (1903-1985). A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business it is today. Written and directed by Elizabeth Federici. Produced by Elizabeth Federici and Kathleen Squires.

American Masters: Julia! America’s Favorite Chef

Then, at 10pm, celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Child (1912-2004), fondly remembered for introducing French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series – beginning with WGBH’s The French Chef in 1963 – and books. The film tells two love stories: one between Julia and Paul Child, the other between Julia and French food. Originally broadcast in August 2004, the film features previously unseen photos, including several from Paul Child’s personal archive, granted exclusively to the film’s producers. Child was a pioneer in public television’s long tradition of cooking programs, revolutionizing the way America cooks, eats and thinks about food.