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French Chef; Main Course Sit Down Dinner


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French Chef
Main Course Sit Down Dinner
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Series Description

Premiered locally February 1962 and July- August 1962, nationally in Feb. 1963 - approx. 300 shows produced. 1963-1973.

Original series ran 1963 to July 1966, then went into reruns through September 1970.

In October 1970 the new French Chef 200 series was shot in color and taped on the set at WGBH. Included in the programs were footage of Julia’s summer trip to France.

The 1971-1972 season was a tour of the French Classics: 26 half hour programs designed as a refresher course for experienced cooks and as a jet-assist takeoff for beginners.

After a funding scare, Polaroid funded a full 1972-1973 season. The theme was: The French Chef Faces Life. Julia shows viewers how to cope with situations that reflect the demands of society, family and lifestyle such as Sudden Company or a three course sit down dinner and getting kids involved in cooking.

NOTE: Beginning August 6, 1972, The French Chef repeated popular shows as a captioned edition. Series release date: 2/1962

Program Description

Meat and vegetables for very special company, plus how to choose and serve the right red wine.

Whether or not you can afford it now, when the great day comes you will want to know all about choosing and trimming a whole beef tenderloin, how to roast it rosy rare, and how and with what to serve it, including the care and feeding of the wines to accompany it.

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Broadcast program

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Lockwood, Ruth (Series Producer)
Chicago: “French Chef; Main Course Sit Down Dinner,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D68D425175FF4FCEA393C54175F9DD81.
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