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My Moment with Julia Child…by Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm

If you are afraid of butter, use cream.”  Julia Child

Today, August 15th, would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.  As a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier we will be celebrating  in culinary style only worthy of this culinary icon.  On Saturday, September 8th myself along side 10 Les Dames chefs and celebrity chefs from Canada and Seattle will  prepare an elegant French, Julia Child-inspired 10-course plated dinner poolside at the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver.   For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia.

To celebrate this special day I thought it would be appropriate to share my moment with this remarkable woman.

I met Julia Child in 1986 when I was a student at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School.  It was a hang out for who’s who in the culinary world in the United States.  Julia dropped in the school one day. She was by far the most exciting visitor we had received on the Friday afternoons when special guests would come by.  She was in town with her husband Paul for a special event at the James Beard House.  It had been one year since Chef James had passed away and an effort was on to purchase his House and make it the culinary institution that it is today.

What I remember most vividly about the event at the House was we, the students, were serving bubbly at the champagne reception but Paul didn’t like sparkling wine.  I was assigned to a special duty.  A bottle of white wine was in the fridge and I was to keep his glass topped-up.  This allowed me to hover by this special couple. She was very tall and animated and he was very charming. The simple event that night that we the students catered our ‘fancy’ 1986 style hors d’oeuvre kicked-off the campaign to save James’ House.

That is my moment with Julia.    Bon Appétit!     Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm



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