Twitch has established a rep as the preferred live streaming platform for gamers, but it’s got another big batch of users that’s been bubbling up in the background — foodies who produce their own interactive cooking shows.
Today, Twitch announced that it is giving that community a dedicated food channel, twitch.tv/Food, and it’s celebrating by streaming all 201 episodes of the seminal cooking show “The French Chef,” hosted by the late Julia Child (1912–2004), which ran from 1963 to 1973 on public television.
A four-day live stream marathon of “The French Chef” kicks off today at 2 p.m. PT, on the 65th anniversary of Child’s graduation from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
Twitch’s community of cooking personalities include DomesticDan, who started out as a variety gamer, and Goldamsel, best known for her “Just Dance” broadcasts, as well as culinary professionals such as WorkingChef and
“The cooking community on Twitch Creative has taken off with a lot of passionate chefs eager to showcase their culinary skills to a live interactive audience,” said Bill Morrier, head of Twitch Creative, in a statement. “Julia Child was the precursor to Twitch’s social cooking movement, making ‘The French Chef’ show a great reminder about how visionary she was. To put it in terms our community can relate to, Bob Ross is the Julia Child of painting.”
“The French Chef” was famously parodied by Dan Ackroyd — who, at 6’1″, is an inch shorter than Child was — in a 1978 “Saturday Night Live” sketch (below), and Meryl Streep earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Child in the 2009 film “Julie & Julia.”