As per my earlier post, four top chefs – including new shows on Jacques Pépin and Alice Waters – promise a fascinating glimpse into the secret lives of cooks.
American Masters’ foodie series (the oddly-named Chefs Flight) airs May 19, 2017.
To start, an appetizer of James Beard (James Beard: America’s First Foodie), followed by a taste of Julia (Julia! America’s Favorite Chef), an entree of Jacques Pépin (Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft), and, for a sweet finish, Alice Waters (Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution).
*Note: Two of these Chefs Flight shows are “encore presentations.” The Jacques Pepin and James Beard docs are new. Check your local PBS or PBS FOOD listings for schedules (more links, below).
American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie
Premieres Friday, May 19, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) *New
AM “Experience a century of food through the life of one man, James Beard (1903–1985). Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard was a Portland, Ore., native who loved and celebrated the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the vernacular. At a time of “all things French,” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to the table, and was the first chef to go on television to teach not only women, but men, how to cook. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business it is today. Written and Directed by Elizabeth Federici. Produced by Elizabeth Federici and Kathleen Squires. A production of Federici Films LLC and THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET.”
American Masters: Julia! America’s Favorite Chef
Friday, May 19, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) *Encore Presentation
AM “Celebrate the life and legacy of Julia Child (1912–2004), fondly remembered for introducing French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series – beginning with WGBH’s The French Chef in 1963 – and books. The film tells two love stories: one between Julia and Paul Child, the other between Julia and French food. Originally broadcast in August 2004, the film features previously unseen photos, including several from Paul Child’s personal archive, granted exclusively to the film’s producers. Child was a pioneer in public television’s long tradition of cooking programs, revolutionizing the way America cooks, eats and thinks about food. Directed by Marilyn Mellowes. A WGBH production.”
American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Premieres Friday, May 26, 9-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) *New
American Masters – Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution
Friday, May 26, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) *Encore Presentation
AM “Follow Alice Waters (b. April 28, 1944) through a year of seasonal shopping and cooking, and discover both the recipes and vision of an artist and an advocate. She and her now-famous restaurant Chez Panisse became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and redesigned supermarket produce departments… She is an activist with a flawless palette who has taken her gift for food and turned it into consciousness about the environment and nutrition, and a device for social change. Originally broadcast March 2003. Directed by Doug Hamilton. A production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC’s American Masters for WNET.”
About American Masters
AM “Launched in 1986, American Masters has earned 28 Emmy Awards — including 10 for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special — 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. To further explore the lives and works of masters past and present, the American Masters website (http://pbs.org/americanmasters) offers streaming video of select films, outtakes, filmmaker interviews, educational resources and In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive: previously unreleased interviews of luminaries discussing America’s most enduring artistic and cultural giants as well as the American Masters Podcast. The series is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and also seen on the WORLD channel.
“American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft is a KQED production in association with THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET. Produced and directed by Peter L. Stein. Written by Steve Siegelman and Peter L. Stein. Narrated by Stanley Tucci. Executive producer is Michael Isip. Co-executive producer is Susie Heller. Support for Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft is provided by Feast It Forward (see below).”
About WNET & THIRTEEN
“WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings.”
About Feast it Forward Network
“Exploring beyond the plate, bottle and guitar, Feast it Forward Network seeks to feed the soul with entertaining, inspiring and educational programming… More information can be found at feastitforward.com”
About PBS FOOD
“PBS FOOD on-air programming this summer includes: American Masters ‘Chefs Flight,’ a series of four documentaries about iconic chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, and Alice Waters airing May 19 and 26… PBS FOOD at pbs.org/food compiles the best articles, videos, and recipes from across public television.”