Graham Kerr: Riding the Highways and Byways
Wednesday, September 06, 2006 | posted by Mike
As much as I enjoy the variety of options available to foodies on television today, I always make sure to check out programs or old footage of yesteryear’s food shows. It was also a huge treat when, during my last trip to Washington, D.C., I had time to drop by the Smithsonian and check out the installation featuring the kitchen of Patron Saint of Food TV® Julia Child.
Another food TV legend popped up in the news today with word from the Times Herald-Record in upstate New York that Graham Kerr, The Galloping Gourmet, will be making an appearance tomorrow. Kerr and his wife have been traveling around the country in an RV and giving a series of motivational speeches.
They call it "LIFEstyle #9," a philosophy of nine core ingredients for better eating, sleeping, exercising and communicating. The Kerrs, now both in their 70s, have been traveling across North America in a motor home, presenting free lectures at campgrounds and promoting their self-help books and DVDs.He and his wife sound very happy with their new lifestyle, but the writer makes it clear that he still has a lot of the charm and “panache” that made him a star. One can easily see the potential for some sort of role, either at the Food Network or PBS. I do remember that a number of shows would bring Julia Child on from time to time and have her “cook along” with them, sharing her thoughts and experiences.
For someone who worked so well with an audience, you would think that Kerr would be a natural when it comes to “bantering” with the host as a special guest.