A Julia Child-themed Cooking Competition Is Coming to Food Network

Still from Julia Child Challenge

Still from Julia Child Challenge

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When Julia Child‘s The French Chef first hit screens in the early 1960s, America’s food TV landscape looked a lot different than it does today. But amid our insatiable appetite to see chefs get chopped or chastised with British-accented insults, apparently there’s still room for the cheery, enthusiasm of Child in reality television as today. Food Network just announced a new competition series titled The Julia Child Challenge that will premier next month.

“Each episode features two rounds of competitive cooking: the first-round masters the basics and challenges the competitors to recreate one of Julia’s signature dishes, with some guidance from Julia herself, as seen on a giant television screen in the middle of the action,” the series description reads. “Round two is an ode to Julia, where competitors must take inspiration from Julia to create a unique dish reflecting their

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Julia Child-Inspired Cooking Competition Set at Food Network and Discovery Plus (EXCLUSIVE)

Bon appetit! A cooking competition inspired by culinary legend Julia Child and featuring her “superfans” as contestants has been ordered at Food Network and Discovery Plus, Variety has learned exclusively.

Based on the legacy of Child, who motivated generations of home cooks with her talent, enthusiasm and humor, “The Julia Child Challenge” will see eight top-notch home cooks compete in high-stakes culinary challenges to find out who has the fire, skill and passion to win the first-ever primetime competition series dedicated to all things Julia, per the show’s official description. The competitors, all Julia Child superfans, share personal stories about their hero, cook in a kitchen recreated in the likeness of where Julia herself cooked, using the same ingredients Julia used and are even guided by Julia herself through a larger-than-life television screen right in the middle of all the action.

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It’s an eventful February for Phoenix chef Lawrence “L.T.” Smith, who will soon make his Food Network debut.

Smith was a college football player who turned to cooking after his dream of playing in the NFL was cut short. He spent several years working in the Valley dining scene at FOUND:RE hotel, Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Cafe before he and his partner Aseret Arroyo opened a farmers market taco stand called Chilte.

Earlier this month, he and Arroyo announced the opening of their first Chilte restaurant, which will be housed inside the resurrected Egyptian Motor Hotel on Grand Avenue.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. MST, friends, family and fans can watch Smith go head-to-head with other chefs on “Chopped,” Food Network’s long-running cooking competition.

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