We're excited to announce SKORDO ingredients will be used on the Food Network's new series, The Julia Child Challenge! Eight home cooks will compete to win the ultimate Julia Child prize: an all-expense paid three-month cooking course at Le Cordon Bleu. 

Julia and her husband, Paul, spent long stretches in Maine. For more than 50 years summered on Mount Desert Island with easy access to fresh seafood and ample time to visit area restaurants. Julia often spoke of her time in Maine, once saying while she was in the state 'Life itself is a binge.' This 2009 article from Portland Magazine captures Julia's affinity for Maine and all of its inspiring ingredients. 

Julia first visited Maine on a trip to meet Paul's family. Their cottage was modest and Julia spent her first visit hammer in hand, helping with repairs. That willingness to pitch in paid off. The Child's became Julia and Paul's escape. They spent long stretches of their summers tucked in on the quiet side of the island, hosting friends, harvesting mussels, and hiking in Acadia National Park. In their simple kitchen Julia built recipes that bridged French haute cuisine and Maine's seasonal bounty. 

On completing her studies at Le Cordon Bleu and apprenticeships in professional kitchen, empowering home cooks became a passion for Julia. Her experience lead to cookbooks and cooking shows packed with tips + tricks for American home cooks. Her cookbooks remain top sellers thanks to an iconic blend of precision and playfulness. Julia's recipes celebrate the reality of cooking; mistakes happen and sometimes dinner ends up on the floor. And, those same recipes encourage us to keep going, to try a new technique or ingredient that make all the difference. 

SKORDO shares Julia's dedication to empowering home cooks and her affinity for Maine. We're thrilled to have our ingredients included in this celebration of Julia's love of food and joyful approach to cooking. Enjoy the trailer and as Julia once said 'People who love to eat are the best people.' 

Photo Credit: The Food Network

March 14, 2022

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