Awarded: April 2000
(Aug. 15, 1912 - Aug. 12, 2004)
Since the publication of her landmark “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 1962, Julia Child enjoyed a vast following among cooks and non-cooks alike. “The French Chef” was born on Feb. 11, 1963, and after some 200 programs on classical French cooking, she branched out into contemporary cuisine with the television series, “Julia Child & Company,” “Julia Child & More Company” and “Dinner at Julia’s.” Child was also host for the PBS series “Cooking with Master Chefs” with different well-known chefs for each program, as well as for the series “Baking with Julia.” She was awarded two Emmys for both PBS series, along with the Peabody Award for Public Television. In 2002, two years before her death, the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History opened “Bon Apetit,” an exhibit featuring most of Child’s kitchen from her Cambridge, Mass., home.