Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: May 17, 2017

James Beard and Jacques Pépin

Get to know some of America’s most iconic chefs through American Masters’ Chefs Flight.

On Friday, May 19 at 9pm WOSU TV will present the first in a series of four documentaries from American Masters highlighting culinary legends.  We begin with the iconic James Beard.

If you’re a foodie you know about The James Beard Award.  Culinary careers can be made for those who are good enough to be awarded the prestigious honor.  So who was James Beard, and why was he so important to those in the food world? You’ll get your chance to find out when American Masters premieres James Beard: America’s First Foodies on Friday, May 19.

Beard was a pioneer in the American back-to-basic movement.

Restaurateur and James Beard Award winner Larry Forgione comments, “He still believed in the philosophy of American food and the great bounty America had to offer. It just took us a while to catch up to him.”  

In 1946 Beard was the first chef, before Julia, to go on TV to teach cooking to not only women but men. A little out there for 1946.

Now we know James Beard was the first TV chef. However, there was someone else America wanted to cook with, even if it was french cooking. So to end our evening with chefs, Julia Child: American Masters starts cooking at 10pm. Child is iconic in the world of public television’s cooking programs. Many of the chefs viewers enjoy watching every week were inspired by Julia Child.

We conclude our travel through the culinary world with two more documentaries from American Masters. On Friday, May 26 at 9pm, WOSU TV will premiere Jacques Pepin:American Masters.

WOSU was very fortunate to have Chef Pepin be a part of our Chefs in The City event several years ago. He was so gracious and his food was fantastic! Here’s an interesting tidbit about Chef Pepin, after coming to America he spent some time in the kitchens of Howard Johnson’s.

We end the trek through the culinary world at 10pm with Alice Waters: American Masters. Chef Waters is the force behind the local farmers markets, changing the way Americans think about the food they eat. Two Friday nights, four iconic chefs.


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  • Klaus VonNudelman

    At least you guys are treating him with respect. The rest of PBS is disgusting.

    • GGW1970

      You are obviously not watching the same PBS as I am. Every series is fantastic and most well done!

  • grandmasitter

    When does Season 4 start?

    • GGW1970

      June 18, 2017

  • Josephine White

    Miss Fisher’s mysteries are the most well written and beautifully costumed show on television any country, any genre. I am from New Mexico, (not New and Not Mexico,). I watch this show with my grand daughters and we all love Miss Fisher. To end it at season 3 is totally unreasonable. Let’s get the gang back together and protest, write, blog, twitter or what ever to make them do more. I am a month from being 70, so I will write real letters. Jo White, USA.