A product Julia Child worked on has been used by the US Navy for decades
Julia Child is famous all over the world. The famous chef made a huge name for herself, first with the beloved cookbook, Mastering the art of French cuisine, then with his TV show. The kid wasn’t just a boss, however. The famous TV personality had an incredibly interesting life long before he hit the airwaves. Julia Child’s famous first recipe wasn’t even food-based. She helped develop a shark repellant for the US Navy before learning how to bone a chicken.
Long before becoming a chef, Julia Child wanted to be a spy
Child has long been said to have been a spy during her government career. Although this appears to be somewhat wrong, she worked for the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. It was as close to a spy as she would be, although she would have hoped to serve the government in that capacity.
Like everything she did, Child’s government service was a bit of a trip. Initially, she planned to join the armed forces, but she was too big. Women wishing to join the military in the 1940s could not be taller than 72 inches. The child was 74 inches tall, significantly taller than the average woman. Instead, she worked as a records clerk and executive assistant for several government agencies.
Julia Child’s Famous First Recipe Wasn’t A Food Recipe At All
Believe it or not, Julia Child’s famous first recipe was not meant to be ingested. Before becoming a chef, Child found herself working on top secret projects for the United States government. One of those projects was for a shark repellant. In 2015, the CIA tweeted the recipe. The kid worked on the formula with Harold Jefferson Coolidge Jr. The famous zoologist was commissioned to make a repellant to protect the soldiers if they were in shark infested water.
According to the National WWII Museum, the goal of the project was to invent a shark repellent that could be used quickly by downed pilots. Coolidge and Child’s repellent cake worked by omitting the scent of a dead shark. According to CBS News, fishermen and scientists have observed that some species of sharks stay away if they think one of them has been injured or killed. The Navy used Child and Coolidge’s shark cakes until at least the 1970s. It is also rumored that NASA used the same formula to protect equipment that ended up in the water.
The famous chef accidentally fell in her second career
Becoming a chef wasn’t really on the radar for Child. In fact, she has long insisted that she was a “lousy cook”. Growing up in a wealthy family, she didn’t spend much time in the kitchen. Instead of getting married young, she was working. Her career choice meant that she also didn’t spend much time in the kitchen as a young adult. Her passion for food and ultimately cooking arose after meeting her husband, Paul Child.
Shortly after marrying Paul, Child enrolled in the Hillcliff School of Cookery in Beverly Hills, according to Eat this, not that!. When the job sent the couple to France, she signed up for Le Cordon Bleu to learn French cuisine. She excelled and even gave lessons in her apartment. Later, Child published a cookbook with her friends, and then came the TV show that made her famous. The children’s cooking show made its television debut in 1963. She was already 51 years old.
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