Waterbury Center chef Michael Kloeti will be featured in a Vermont Public Television special honoring Julia Child on Aug. 15, on what would have been her 100th birthday.

Child hosted a pioneering public television series “The French Chef,” which changed the way Americans cook, eat and think about food.

Vermont Public Television will broadcast a live, three-hour cooking special from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring dishes that showcase locally grown food as well as classic recipes and techniques taught by Child herself.

“Celebrate Julia” will feature three vintage episodes of Child’s TV series, “The French Chef,” from the early 1960s. In them, Child prepares French onion soup, and gives tips on how to quickly and safely slice onions, and how to improve and personalize a store-bought stock. She will also make quiche Lorraine, illustrating the key tips to create “the perfect pastry” and use it to make an apple tart with an apricot glaze.

In between the vintage TV shows, chef Michael Kloeti of Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury Center will guide enthusiastic amateurs in the Vermont Public Television studio kitchen as they try to prepare dishes to complement Child’s recipes, using locally grown, seasonal ingredients.

“Celebrate Julia” will also air Saturday, Aug. 18, at 12:30 p.m. Information: vpt.org/julia.

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