For those of you who’ve never heard of the Galloping Gourmet you’re in for a treat!
The closest to a Food Channel back in the day was America’s first celebrity chef; Julia Child when she appeared on American television in 1963 on the Boston based WGBH-TV. She soon had her own show The French Chef that ran for ten years.
In between those years, another Pre-Food Channel Chef came trotting into living room and TV’s sets the “Galloping Gourmet”.
The title was echoed in the opening of each episode of his original North American series, filmed in front of a live audience, where Kerr entered the stage area by running in and leaping over a chair in the dining room set.
His comedic style of cooking and a breath of fresh English Humor was just what we needed during an era that was continuing to experience the horrendous Vietnam War, Social Rioting and flash backs of the Kennedy Assassination.
The show named for Kerr’s on screen persona, was taped in Ottawa at CJOH-TV and produced by his wife Treena Kerr.
The origin of his ‘Galloping Gourmet’ persona stemmed from a 1967 book he co-authored with wine expert Len Evans, The Galloping Gourmets.
The nickname was the result of a 35-day worldwide trek to the finest restaurants around the globe.
The Galloping Gourmet (Graham Kerr) “The Monty Python of Cooking”
His show first aired in 1969 and ended in 1971. During The Galloping Gourmet’s successful run, he became a worldwide sensation, wrote an abundance of cookbooks, and earned two Emmy Award nominations. Kerr is an internationally known culinary award-winning author and master of metaphorical speaking.
The climax of the show was when he invited a member of his audience, usually a housewife who was stammering and giddy about how much she admired him, to sit down with him and enjoy whatever he’d prepared.