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10 Game Changing Female Chefs

Jacky Hayward | Chef's Blade

Julia Child


Standing at 6 feet 2 inches, Julia Child was quite a presence — and not just for her cooking abilities. Before becoming a world-famous chef, she tried joining the Women’s Army Corps and the US Navy, but wasn’t able to enlist because she was too tall.

Julia Child followed her husband to Paris, where she attended Le Cordon Bleu and discovered a love of French cuisine. From there, she went on to write the seminal text Mastering the Art of French Cooking as well as eighteen other books. In 1963, her first television show, The French Chef, debuted. While it was not the first food show, it was certainly the most successful to date and made Julia Child the household name she is today. Interestingly, The French Chef was also the first show to be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired.

In 1993, Child was the first woman inducted into the CIA Hall of Fame and is today fondly remembered as the person who brought real French cuisine to the average American table.



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