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I was 23 years old, and an intern on a KTVU television show called 2 at Noon where part of my job description was to book guests to appear on the program. Julia Child had just written The Way to Cook and I thought it would be a good idea to cook some dishes from the book and have the host, Eric Greene, interview her over lunch.

I selected recipes for sauteed chicken, parmesan breadsticks, and chocolate mousse, and cooked everything at home the night before. Oddly—and possibly crazily—enough, I don't recall being nervous at all. The day of the show, I set up a small table for two in the studio with a red tablecloth and single red rose.

Julia arrived at the station and I met her in the lobby. The first thing that struck me was how tall she was (six foot two). She was beyond kind, and so sweet and appreciative. The interview went swimmingly. She was a great sport and when Eric asked her what she thought of the food, she said, in her inimitable voice, “IT'S VERY GOOD!

While I certainly don't claim to be any kind of gourmet chef, and have had my share of culinary fiascoes, I will always remember that day and feel honored to have had the experience of meeting and cooking for Julia.