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|KQED's Statement on the Passing of Julia Child (1912-2004)|
Legendary Chef and Icon of Public Television
San Francisco, California, August 13, 2004 -- Julia Child, America's best known and beloved chef, passed away early this morning two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She ignited a fire in kitchens across the country with her spirit, warmth, and passion for cooking. Public television is indebted to her legacy of cooking programs, which paved the way for generations of chefs, including KQED Public Broadcasting's own Jacques Pépin and Joanne Weir.
Julia Child's culinary know-how, combined with a twinkling sense of humor and a fearless approach to daunting recipes, made fine French cooking accessible to women and men alike. From her debut television series in 1963, she was an instant success -- a natural in front of the camera and a leader by example, making good cooking a joy and an aspiration instead of a chore.
Jacques Pépin, her good friend and colleague since the early '70s, describes her influence and impact on her viewers: "She demystified French cooking for them in very simple terms and in a very American way you know, with all kinds of enthusiasm and excitement. She was that type of strong personality and I feel that people through the little TV screen could feel how genuine she was, how true to herself, and how unpretentious she was."
"Julia Child was larger than life in or out of the kitchen. She brought
joy and inspiration to all of us who purport to be 'chefs' and I was honored
to have been a colleague of hers for nearly thirty years," says Jeff
Clarke, KQED President and CEO.
KQED Public Broadcasting presented nationally Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home and Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home series embodies a love for home cooking that Julia promoted throughout her career.
For those interested in learning more about Julia Child, KQED will air programs in tribute to Julia in the days ahead. A special American Masters: Julia! America's Favorite Chef will air on KQED Public Television 9. KQED Public Radio's The California Report will broadcast a feature this afternoon on Julia Child with remembrances from Jacques Pépin and past interviews. For more information on programs and schedules, please visit http://www.kqed.org/topics/home/cooking/.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television stations during prime-time, and KQED's digital television channels, which include KQED HD, KQED Encore, KQED World, KQED Life and KQED Kids; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, one of the most visited station sites in Public Broadcasting; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.