The iconic Julia Child pioneered cooking television through her highly successful cooking shows, including The French Chef and Dinner at Julia’s, and authored a series of best-selling cookbooks.
In New Orleans, buoyant and light-hearted master chef Emeril Lagasse prepares shrimp etoufee and a colorful crab and crawfish boil. With his passion for New Orleans cooking, Emeril demonstrates the secrets to the best roux and how to mix Creole seasoning.
Michel Richard is the chef/proprietor of L.A.'s Citrus restaurant and Citronelle restaurants in Santa Barbara, Baltimore and Washington D.C. At his home kitchen in L.A., he prepares a chocolate dome cake and hot chocolate truffles using the best ingredients he can find. His skills and suggestions for turning out a winning chocolate dome are just right for the home baker.
Patrick Clark, who ran the kitchen for many years in the esteemed Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington D.C., is shown preparing Seared Peppered Salmon Roulade with Gazpacho Sauce and Horseradish Crusted Grouper, and offering tips for buying and cooking fresh fish.
Lidia Bastianich is the chef and co-owner, with her husband, of Felidia in New York City, among other restaurants. In her home kitchen in Queens, New York, Lidia prepares Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Orecchiette (little ears) Pasta with Broccoli di Rape and Sweet Sausage. Her tips for cooking and serving pasta and risotto make for a perfect dish every time.
Chef Charles Palmer grew up in upstate New York and now owns Aureole restaurant in New York City, among others. From his home kitchen, he shares his expertise with wild game and prepares Pepper Seared Venison Steaks with Pinot Noir and Sun-Dried Cherries, Herb Potato Maximes, and a Warm Chocolate Tarragon Cake.
Amy Ferguson-Ota--Amy Ferguson-Ota was the first female executive chef at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Hawaii. From her home kitchen in Hawaii, she prepares a green papaya salad with a Thai vinaigrette, wok-seared ono (fish) served with a banana curry, plus a steamed banana side dish.
Robert Del Grande
Robert Del Grande owns and cooks at Cafe Annie and Rio Ranch in Houston. From his kitchen, he demonstrates his unique ability to combine complementary flavors in dishes as he prepares sea scallops with wild mushrooms in green sauce with a side of fresh corn pudding, and filets of beef in a special pasilla chile sauce.
Jean-Louis Palladin ran his own restaurant in the Watergate Hotel for almost 20 years. He prepares foie gras (goose liver) with poached apples, roasts a duck breast over an open fireplace and, to accompany the duck, prepares sauteed porcini mushrooms.
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken are the chefs of L.A.'s famed Border Grill. From Mary Sue's home kitchen, they prepare an eclectic selection of dishes, including Thai melon salad, spinach and eggplant curry, and curried popcorn.
Jacques Pepin and Julia Child
Jacques Pepin is a master chef and teacher of French cuisine. Together, Julia and Jacques prepare a Lobster Souffle in Jacques' home kitchen in rural Connecticut.
Jeremiah Tower owns and runs Stars in Manila, Philippines. From his home kitchen, he grills Young Chicken marinated in Fresh Herbs served with a warm Vegetable Salad, prepares Poached Chicken stuffed with Mushrooms and Smoked Bacon with Aromatic Vegetables, and finishes with a Casserole of Roasted Chicken Salad with Lemon, Rosemary, and Garlic.
Jan Birnbaum and Lidia Bastianich
Jan Birnbaum, who runs a successful Cajun-inspired restaurant called Catahoula, cooks from his home in the Napa Valley, preparing Home- Smoked almon and Scrambled Egg Tort with Caviar. In the second half of the episode, Lidia Bastianich prepares Cappellini Pasta with a Seafood and Tomato Sauce.
For forty years, Andre" Soltner was at the helm of the unrivaled New York City restaurant Lutece. In this segment, taped in 1993, Chef Andre prepares Tarte Flambee, Alsatian Meat Stew, and a classic Tarte Citron.
Nancy Silverton owns and operates La Brea Bakery, which is considered to be one of the most innovative bakeries in the country. From her kitchen at home in L.A., Chef Nancy prepares a sourdough starter which is then used to make a loaf of rustic bread, a foccacia pizza dough, and an olive bread.
From his Connecticut house kitchen, Jacques Pepin prepares Braised Sweetbreads in Puff Pastry with a Black Truffle and Madeira Sauce. He artfully begins by making the puff pastry, then gently braising the sweetbreads, and follows with the black truffle sauce.
Alice Waters owns and runs the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, CA, which is considered by many to be ground-zero for " California Regional Cuisine." She prepares a Shaved Fennel, Mushroom and Parmesan Salad, a Green Olive Tapenade, a Beet, Blood Orange, Walnut and Arugula Salad, and an appetizer of Prosciutto with warm, wilted greens.