Whether we are “foodies” or not, many of us recognize the celebrity chefs of our era. They are known to us from several types of media: Julia Child and Jacques Pepin from public television; James Beard, Craig Claiborne and Mark Bittman from the New York Times; Mario Batali, Ina Garten, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown, from cable television; Marcus Samuelsson and Ruth Reichel from their published memoirs; and Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson from their cookbooks, just to name a few.
How well do you know these celebrity chefs? Can you answer the trivia questions below? The answers can be found in the Upper Arlington Library’s “menu” of databases or at the bottom of this screen.
- Who is given credit for being the original celebrity chef (hint: he pre-dates Julia Child by one hundred and fifty years)?
- What celebrity chef is given credit for popularizing the white chef’s hat called the toque blanche?
- What is the name of an early French celebrity chef who, around the turn of the twentieth century bottled and then sold his own pickles and sauces?
- What actor portrayed Julia Child in the Oscar-nominated 2009 movie titled Julia and Julie?
- Iron Chef America was patterned after a similar television competition named Iron Chef in which of the following countries?
- The Food Network, which has been responsible for creating many celebrity chefs, debuted in which of the following years?
- A New York reporter described this celebrity chef on October 25, 1998 as follows: “his blunt, cabbylike style–not to mention his exuberant use of all things buttery and fattening—has won him adulation more familiar to a rock star than a gourmet”. What specialist in the Creole cuisine of New Orleans was this reporter referring to?
- Which celebrity chef, who asked for an Easy-Bake oven as a child and went on to win the coveted James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award before he was thirty, is known for being controversial? After winning an early Iron Chef competition he offended a competitor by jumping up on the cooking counter and standing on his cutting board with his arms raised in victory. (Hint: one of his television shows was titled Boy Meets Grill.)
- What is the name of the British celebrity chef, a contemporary of Julia Child, whose show ran from the 1950s to the 1970s in Britain.
- The term “celebrity chefs” was coined in the 1970s by a popular hour-long radio show called CBS Monitor. True or False?