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Cooking Shows

In 1984, MPT engaged world-class talent to showcase the appeal and accessibility of the culinary arts. The first modern-era series, Madeleine Cooks, hosted by French chef and restauranteur Madeleine Kamman, aired for two years to wide acclaim. It was followed by Cuisine Rapide, hosted by New York Times food writer and fellow French chef Pierre Franey. In 1993, MPT began a long association with chef, author, and TV personality Julia Child, beginning with the program Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs (1993) and then In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995-1996) and Baking with Julia (1996-1999). The latter two earned national daytime Emmy® awards for “Outstanding Service Program.” 

Local cuisine was the focus of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields in 1998, one of a dozen cooking series produced by and at MPT during the 1990s. And in 2003, American culinary writer Steve Raichlen began hosting a series of successful programs:  Barbecue University with Steven Raichlen (2003-2006), Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen (2008-2011), Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke (2015-2017), and Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire (2018-present).  Project Smoke became one of the most-played national series in MPT history, appearing on nearly 98 percent of public TV channels. 

Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs,
Puff pastry, 1993

Madeleine Cooks,
Blue crabs, 1986

Madeleine Kamman

Madeleine Kamman, 1986

john shields, 1988

John Shields, 1988

Pierre Franey

Pierre Franey, 1989

French Cookin with Pierre Franey Betacams

French Cooking with Pierre Franey Betacam tapes, 1996

julia child and jacques pepin

julia child and jacques pepin

Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, 1993

lynn fisher on set

Lynn Fischer’s Healthy Indulgences, 1995

gail greco

Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco, 1995

French Cookin with Pierre Franey Betacams

French Cooking with Pierre Franey Betacam tapes, 1996

Julia Child on MPT Program Guide Cover 2002

Julia Child, MPT Program Guide cover, 2002

Steven Raichlen

Steve Raichlen filming in Palm Springs, CA, 2016

Eating the Chesapeake Recipe book

This cookbook was created after the program of the same title aired during Chesapeake Bay Week® in April 2018.