The whole was truly greater than the sum of the parts when these two titans shared the camera. This undeniably entertaining and informative show was in a league of its own, as were hosts Julia Child and Jacques Pépin.
These two great chefs were so fun to watch because they were so sure of thesmelves and seemed so comfortabe in the kitchen whipping up gourmet meals.
Julia Child, of course, is the most famous American chef of all time, having introduced French cooking in the 1960s to mainstream America via her wildly-successful cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and her long-running TV show "The French Chef."
Popular portrayals and caricatures of Julia abounded over the last forty years, leaving the public's impression of Julia as a jumble of truth and exaggerated reality.
But see her original shows for the most accurate representation — she could captivate with her mastery of French cooking techniques, while at the same time entertaining and putting the viewer-student at ease.
Jacques Pépin may not be as familiar to the casual, modern-day cooking show viewer. But Jacques is on of the most renowned chefs in the world, having written the "bible of French Cooking" — "La Technique."
Jacques turned his success as an author, coupled with his winning on-screen demeanor, into several successful TV shows. "The Complete Pépin" was his first, while "Fast Food My Way" and "More Fast Food My Way" are still seen occasionally around the dial.
We'll leave you with just one more look at this perfect cooking show below.
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Of course, the top 100 is a pretty exclusive list. There are tons of cooking shows on the air that didn't make our cut. Some of them are even pretty good. In particular, it's worth mentioning that we couldn't find any clips of some of the earliest TV chefs (e.g. Moira Meighn, Marcel Boulestin and The Bontempis). What a shame to think that these potential treasures might be lost forever. If you've got a lead on those shows, please do let us know.