10 Cooking Shows That Changed the Way We Eat

'The Galloping Gourmet'
Graham Kerr was Canada's breakout television cook, filming his show "The Galloping Gourmet" from 1969 to 1971. Boris Spremo/Toronto Star/Getty Images

Chef Graham Kerr didn't get his nickname from globetrotting and exploring foods around the world. The truth is much more literal. At the start of each episode, he ran onto the set and leaped over a chair. Amazingly, the glass of wine he carried never spilled. (Maybe it was the plastic wrap stretched over the top?) This stunt set the tone for the series. Although Kerr cooked complex, rich dishes, with plenty of butter, cream and brandy, his energetic personality made cooking seem fun. He taught viewers to appreciate fine foods, even while they were grinning at his antics.

Taped in Ottawa, Canada, the series was seen on stations around the world from 1969 to 1971. Kerr's wife Treena worked behind the scenes to help produce its 195 episodes. "The Galloping Gourmet" came to an abrupt end when a truck smashed into the family car [source: Padman]. Kerr suffered temporary paralysis, and surgeons had to remove part of his wife's lung. In 1975, the recovered chef brought his humor back to the air with "Take Kerr," a cooking show that addressed viewers' time and money issues.