I think we can all agree that these days, the cooking shows on PBS pwn most of the shows on Food Network. I was recently thinking about how even as a kid, I watched great cooking shows on public television, and it was not just Julia Child (though I loved her too).
Jeff Smith on “The Frugal Gourmet,” Martin Yan on “Yan Can Cook,” Justin Wilson on “Louisiana Cookin’,” and Graham Kerr on “The Galloping Gourmet” all helped form the base of my interest in cooking (in addition, of course, to both of my parents). They all brought slightly different things to the table. Smith brought fine dining to regular households, Yan brought a sense of fun and was (at least to me in the 1980s) cooking exotic food, Wilson asserted the strong personality of a celebrity chef and yet was completely himself, and Kerr was… well, he was pretty out-of-control. One thing that they all had in common is a passion for good food and good cooking.
Today only Martin Yan and Graham Kerr are still alive, and only Martin Yan has a show on PBS (at least where I live). I still watch and enjoy. Click on any of the above photos to see these guys in action.
Who did I miss? Does anyone else remember these guys?