Posted by: njbrown | November 16, 2009

Julia’s successors

November 16, 2009

Each week, the Food Network and PBS have shows in which North America’s top chefs are interviewed, and I am struck by the fact that almost all give Julia credit for inspiring them as children and/or encouraging and mentoring them in their rise to the top.  By showcasing them on her later series, she gave them visibility to millions of North Americans, many of whom then sought out their restaurants.  From Cat Cora’s Mediterranean focus to Rick Bayless’ Mexican cuisine, Julia exposed us to cooking far beyond France.  Her successors are today’s “celebrity chefs,” but none has her unique mix of personality, dedication and skill.

Julia may not have had children, but her investment in young chefs means that her work is carried on.



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