American Masters serving up new foodie docs on Beard, Pépin

Chef James Beard // Photo by Dan Wynn, Courtesy of the Wynn family and the James Beard Foundation

Chef James Beard // Photo by Dan Wynn, Courtesy of the Wynn family and the James Beard Foundation

Set your DVRs: The 31st season of American Masters will include two new documentaries as part of a two week “chef’s flight” of foodie documentaries.

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The new films are biographies of James Beard, the acclaimed chef and teacher and namesake of the James Beard Awards, and Jacques Pépin, the inimitable French chef whose Gallic charm transformed generations of home cooks.

The new documentaries will debut Friday May 19 (Beard) and May 26 (Pépin), and each evening will be followed with encore presentations of documentaries on Julia Child and Alice Waters.

Episode schedules and summaries, below.

American Masters – James Beard: America’s First Foodie
Premieres Friday, May 19, 9-10 p.m. on PBS
Chronicling a century of food through the story of the man behind the infamous medal, the iconic cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher.

American Masters – Julia! America’s Favorite Chef
Friday, May 19, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (encore presentation)
Celebrate the life and legacy of culinary legend Julia Child, who brought French cooking to America.

American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
Premieres Friday, May 26, 9-10 p.m. on PBS
Discover the story of chef Jacques Pépin, who transformed how America views the world of food.

American Masters – Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution
Friday, May 26, 10-11 p.m. on PBS (encore presentation)
Discover Alice Waters, who became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food.

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