PBS Food asks Chefs Johanne Killeen and George Germon, from Al Forno Restaurant, about their time with Julia Child on the show, “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs.” In the midst of the Julia Child 100th Birthday Celebration, Killeen and Germon pay tribute to her legacy.
What was it like working with Julia Child?
Julia was a warm and generous host. It could have been an intimidating experience. Working with a legend, someone for whom we had so much respect, could have been nerve wracking! Instead, Julia made us very comfortable.
What do you believe is Julia Child’s lasting legacy?
Lasting legacy? That’s a tough concept in this day of instant information and instant forgetfulness. Julia always said one had to keep one’s name on people’s lips or they would be forgotten. This might necessitate a conversation rather than a few words.
What was the impact of appearing on In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs?
Everything we’ve done on television has had a huge impact on our business.
Watch Julia Child with Johanne Killeen and George Germon
About Johanne Killeen and George Germon
Johanne Killeen and George Germon are chef/owners of Al Forno Restaurant which opened in Providence in January 1980. In October 2008 George and Johanne opened Tini in DownCity Providence with David Reynoso. The two chefs have been honored by their peers with the prestigious “Ivy Award,” and nominated for “Outstanding Restaurant of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation. They recently published their second cookbook, On Top of Spaghetti.