“We are thrilled to be able to bring the savory stories behind these culinary geniuses to viewers thanks to Feast It Forward’s generous support,” Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters, said in a statement. “Collectively, they set America’s dinner table, and I think people will enjoy seeing the connections between each of these chefs and how we eat today.”
The documentaries will premiere May 2017 on PBS as part of the show’s 31st season. The film on Beard will showcase the chef’s beliefs on the importance of localism and sustainability. The film about Child tells two love stories, one between Julia and Paul Child, and one between Julia and French food. Pépin’s documentary will show the chef’s progression into a new era of American food culture. Lastly, the film on Waters follows her life as a chef and highlights her advocacy for nutrition and the environment.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, May 19, 2017, 9 to 10 p.m.: American Masters: James Beard – America’s First Foodie
Friday, May 19, 2017, 10 to 11 p.m.: American Masters: Julia! America’s Favorite Chef
Friday, May 26, 2017, 9 to 10 p.m.: American Masters: Jacques Pépin – The Art of Craft
Friday, May 26, 2017, 10 to 11 p.m.: American Masters: Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution