Saturday, May 14, 2011

television chefs: the real deal

While dissing the current crop of reality TV cooking programs, I mentioned in passing a kiwi classic. Now for you viewing pleasure I give you a taste of Graham Kerr. Yes, it's a bit meaty but keep in mind this episode was shot in 1966. No, I didn't watch it first time round.

It's worth watching both episodes. The whole show is entirely ad libbed, with Graham answering questions from a "live" studio audience. I almost cried with homesickness listening to the accents of the good Wellington housewives.

He really was a charming devil, who tried his best to bring haute cuisine to the culinary desert.

Please enjoy - The Graham Kerr Show.

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Blogger steve said...

Nice one! I have a HUGE poster of him and Len Evans at the cafe from his Galloping Gourmet days. Both are sitting with roller skates on at a gingham tableclothed table in a wine cellar somewhere-Gold!
Now if only people could see Bernard King the same way...
BTW Mr Kerr is now in the states and living as an evangelist-who knew?

6:41 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

I was going to preface this as Kerr-pre-conversion, but the "god bless" at the end of the show signposts where he was heading.

BTW saw and old "Hudson and Halls" episode last week! They're still showing repeats of it in NZ!

6:48 pm  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

I did watch it the first time round (in Australia) and he was an absolute breath of fresh air in the turgid repression of uptight 60's TV faces.
He was fun, and original, but gosh Steve, I didn't know he got religion.
Loaves, fish, wine - I guess it's not a big leap.

6:01 pm  
Blogger Marshall Stacks said...

this is off-topic, but food related and interesting. Found at blog Editions Ballard:
'the Conflict Kitchen , in Pittsburgh, a take-away food stand featuring cuisines from countries America is in conflict with. Currently it’s Iran. Next is Afghanistan. The food wrappers have stories about the people from these cultures. It’s a conceptually profound project but the graphic design is also sharp'

the remit covers many nations unfortunately.

2:28 pm  
Blogger BadgerBrock said...

Nice, cooking shows are so fun to watch. You learned a lot from them with all those wonderful cooking tips, though I wasn't born on the 60's but Mr.Kerr show is interesting to watched. Looking forward on your next blog.

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3:53 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Ann - it was big news in NZ when he defected (to America and god).

MS - fascinating. I wonder if the average take away eater gets the message?

BB - thanks for dropping by.

5:21 pm  

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