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chef , Television personality , writer

Nathalie Dupree is an American chef, television personality, and writer whose work has focused on American Southern cuisine. She was the first woman since Julia Child to host more than one hundred cooking episodes on public television.


Nathalie Dupree was born on December 23, 1939 in New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Walter G. Meyer and Evelyn Kreiser. After her parents divorced she grew up in the American South with her mother and two siblings.


Nathalie attended the Cordon Bleu cooking school, earning an advanced certificate.


After her graduation she operated a restaurant in Majorca. Then she opened a country restaurant in Georgia. For 10 years (from 1975 till 1984 she directed the Rich's Cooking School in Atlanta with more than 10,000 students. Dupree is the author of 10 cookbooks, selling over half a million copies, and the host of more than 300 national and international cooking shows, which have aired since 1986 on PBS, The Food Network, and The Learning Channel. She has served as consultant to Best Foods, Proctor & Gamble, Lea & Perrins, Borden, General Foods, White Lily Foods Company, Publix, and Campbell soups, Pam. She has appeared many times on the Today show and Good Morning America. She is best known for starting the New Southern Cooking movement now found in many restaurants throughout the United States. She was also a special celebrity guest in a cook-off episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.


  • She has won wide recognition for her work, including three James Beard Awards (1994, 1999, 2013) and other awards. She was the first woman since Julia Child to host more than one hundred cooking episodes on public television. She was also awarded the prestigious “Grand Dame” of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of top women in the culinary field, as well as 2013 Woman of the Year by a prestigious organization of French Chefs in America.


Dupree mounted a write-in campaign against incumbent Senator Jim DeMint in the 2010 Senate election in South Carolina. She sought DeMint's seat as a long shot, seeking to "cook his goose." She expressed a willingness to work alongside fellow South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to "bring home the bacon" for the state.


Quotations: “When I write, I want to communicate the ways in which food plays a part in our lives - for we all need food, it is our primary, central issue - and as such it impacts our lives from birth to death. My books are for all those moments - I write about food for mothers-to-be and food for funerals - and my stories embrace food and relationships."

“Ideas will come to me at any time - walking, on the golf course, at a meal with friends. I try to respond to the needs of the majority - whether it’s for quick meals or pantry foods, or to explain a region’s food.”


The Founding Chairman of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, she also was a founder of Southern Foodways, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was two time President.


  • Other Interests

    Art, music, literature, hiking


she married Jack Bass on April 10, 1996. Currently she lives with her husband in Charleston, South Carolina.

Walter G. Meyer - military colonel

Evelyn Kreiser - cook

Jack Bass.