Food Network is readying a primetime food competition series inspired by iconic TV chef and cookbook author Julia Child. The Julia Child Challenge will premiere on March 14 on Food Network and the Discovery+ streaming service.
The series, which is produced in conjunction with The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, pits eight chefs and Child superfans against one another as they share stories about their hero while using the same ingredients and receiving guidance from the late Child herself via a giant screen.
Each episode features two rounds of competitive cooking. The first round challenges the competitors to recreate one of Child’s signature dishes, while in the second round they must take inspiration from Child to create a unique dish reflecting their own culinary point of view. Head judge Antonia Lofaso and a rotating panel of guest judges will decide who wins the prize to literally follow in Julia’s footsteps: an all-expenses-paid, three-month cooking course at esteemed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu.
The Julia Child Challenge is produced by Purveyors of Pop, 3 Arts Entertainment and eOne.
“Julia Child is a culinary hero to cooks everywhere — her love of food and sense of humor set the tone for this one-of-a-kind competition. From the kitchen set to Julia’s own words, the level of detail in each episode can only be described as mind-blowing,” said Courtney White, president, Food Network and streaming food content for Discovery. “At the same time, the series is also very intimate, with competitors sharing their personal food journeys and how Julia Child changed their lives.”