Meeting Julia Child in Aspen

By Pascal Oudin, Pascal’s on Ponce

When I received the Best New Chef Award from the Food and Wine Magazine, in June 1995, I had the pleasure to meet Julia in Aspen’s Food and Wine Festival.

During the myriad of events scheduled she was a dish demonstration. While cooking on stage she was talking about pressure cookers; when she needed a pressure cooker to show it to the audience she bent down and ingeniously grab a large rock and positioned on top the cooking pan’s lid and happily said: “That’s a pressure cooker” pointing at the rock.

About Pascal Oudin


Pascal Oudin, chef/owner of the award winning French restaurant, Pascal’s on Ponce, in Coral Gables, was born and raised in Bourbon Lancy, France. He fell in love with the culinary arts at a very early age, assisting his mother in the kitchen and began his professional career at the tender age of 13 at a restaurant in Moulins, a small town in France’s gourmet capital of Bourbonnais.

About Julia Child Restaurant Week

Julia Child Restaurant week features more than 100 restaurants across the country and honors the contributions and legacy of Ms. Child. Events will kick off on August 7 and run through her 100th birthday on August 15. Each restaurant will feature special menus or events inspired by the 100 most beloved Julia Child recipes. To learn more and see what restaurants are participating near you, visit: jc100.tumblr.com.