Awards & Honors 2017-02-21T19:24:36+00:00

Awards & Honors

Julia holding her 1966 Emmy® Award for The French Chef

Julia holding her 1966 Emmy® Award for The French Chef

In her lifetime, Julia received many awards and honors from a myriad of entities. Among them:

  • 1964George Foster Peabody Award, an award for distinguished achievement in television for The French Chef
  • 1966Primetime Emmy® Award, Achievement in Educational Television, Instructor and Hostess, The French Chef, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1967L’Ordre National du Mérite Agricole (Established in 1883, The National Order of Agricultural Merit is awarded by the French government in recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and progress of agriculture in France.)
  • 1972Chevalier Award, Confrérie de Cérès, Paris
  • 1972Primetime Emmy® Nomination, Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement, Instructor and Hostess, The French Chef, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1976Honorary Doctorate, Brown University
  • 1976Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Boston University
  • 1976L’Ordre National du Mérite (Established in 1963, the National Order of Merit is Awarded by the President of the French Republic for distinguished civil and military achievements.)
  • 1977First recipient of the “Grande Dame,” award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, recognizing Julia’s extraordinary contributions to culinary excellence.
  • 1979Book Award, Julia Child & More Company, James Beard Foundation
  • 1980National Book Award, Julia Child & More Company, National Book Foundation
  • 1984Inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, James Beard Foundation
  • 1985Doctor of Humane Letters, Smith College
  • 1987Cookbook Hall of Fame Inductee, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, James Beard Foundation
  • 1990Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, République Française (Established in 1957, the Order of Arts and Letters is awarded by the Minster of Culture in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.)
  • 1991Prix Charbonnier, Federation of Alliances Françaises, USA (The Prix Charbonnier recognizes individuals of stature who have promoted French language and culture.)
  • 1991Lifetime Achievement Award, Society of Bacchus America
  • 1992Honorary Doctorate, Rutgers University
  • 1993First woman inducted into The Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame
  • 1993Honorary Doctorate, Harvard University
  • 1994Broadcast Award Nominee, Cooking with Master Chefs, James Beard Foundation
  • 1994Emmy® Nomination, Outstanding Informational Series, Cooking with Master Chefs, Hostess, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1994Honorary Diploma, Nordic Food Award, Danish Gastronomic Academy
  • 1995Doctor of Culinary Arts, Johnson and Wales University
  • 1995Best Culinary Video, Julia Child & Jacques Pépin: Cooking in Concert, James Beard Foundation
  • 1996Daytime Emmy® Award, Outstanding Service Show Host, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1996Doctorate of Fine Arts, Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park
  • 1996Honorary Doctorate, Newberry College
  • 1996Book Award, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, James Beard Foundation
  • 1996Best National Television Cooking Show, In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs, James Beard Foundation
  • 1997Broadcast Award, Baking with Julia, James Beard Foundation
  • 1997Daytime Emmy® Nomination, Outstanding Service Show Host, Baking with Julia, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1997Best National Television Cooking Show, Baking with Julia, James Beard Foundation
  • 1997Broadcast Award Nominee, Julia Child & Jacques Pépin: More Cooking in Concert, James Beard Foundation
  • 1998Distinguished Service Award, Wine Spectator
  • 1998Daytime Emmy® Nomination, Outstanding Service Show Host, Baking with Julia II, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1999Remarkable Women Award, Smith College
  • 1999Sara Lee Frontrunner Award (First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton presented Julia with the award during a White House ceremony. The Frontrunner award is given to women whose accomplishments have shaped our past and given inspiration for the future.)
  • 2000Daytime Emmy® Nomination, Outstanding Service Show Host, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 2000Book Award, Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home, James Beard Foundation
  • 2000Book Award Winner, General category, Julia and Jacques Cooking At Home, International Association of Culinary Professionals
  • 2000Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (Established in 1802, the Order of the Legion of Honor has been awarded by the French government for services to French culinary arts.)
  • 2000Best of the Best, Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom, Food & Wine Magazine
  • 2001Daytime Emmy® Award, Outstanding Service Show Host, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 2001Best National Television Cooking Show, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, James Beard Foundation
  • 2001Broadcast Award Winner, Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom, James Beard Foundation
  • 2003Presidential Medal of Freedom (Awarded by the President of the United States and the highest civilian award in the United States.)
  • 2004Honorary Degree, California State University
  • 2004Book Award, Literary Category, My Life in France (authors Alex Prud’homme and Julia Child), International Association of Culinary Professionals

Please note: We have attempted to compile a complete and accurate list – a considerable challenge! We apologize should this not be the case.