The French government has paid tribute to one of America's greatest chefs and gastronomes. The prolific Julia Child, who has hosted numerous cooking shows and written volumes of cookbooks revolving around French cuisine, was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest civil honor, by the country whose food she helped to popularize in the United States.
Julia Child, who received the Wine Spectator Distinguished Service Award two years ago, accepted her recent accolade during a ceremony at Boston's Le Meridien hotel. French chef Jacques Pépin, who is Child's co-host on the TV series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, served as master of ceremonies.
Created by Napoleon in 1802, the Légion d'Honneur is a reward for civil or military achievement. The honor is conferred without regard to country of birth or religion, provided that the recipient swears to uphold the liberty and equality of the Republic of France.