Ah, Julia Child, the original celebrity chef. The relatively tall woman who brought the pleasures and delights of French cookery into the American home through the miracle of television is not only a revered icon of the culinary arts, but an American institution as well. The former employee of the Office of Strategic Services married fellow staffer Paul Child in 1946 after meeting during her posting in Sri Lanka. The marriage would last until his death in 1994.
Paul and Julia's love was legendary and more than likely fueled by her incredible and hard-earned skills in the kitchen. By now, a decade after her passing, Julia Child is a household name. Through numerous biographies, television archives and the book/film Julie & Julia, she's forever in our minds. Is she responsible for the propelling of chefs to megastar status?