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Object 51 [of 66] – Ecole Des 3 Gourmandes logo patch


Julia and two French friends, Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, started an informal cooking school in Paris in 1952. Called L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, the school was held in Julia's kitchen, where the three women, who really thought of themselves as home cooks, taught American students how to cook French food. Paul Child designed the logo for L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, which the friends proudly wore on their cooking school aprons. When the Childs moved to Marseilles in 1953, the school was disbanded, but the spirit of the group lived on when, years later, Julia pinned the insignia to her blouse before each televised cooking program.


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