Which Chef or Foodie are you most closely connected to?

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James Beard Award

This week's Example Profile is James Beard, chef and namesake of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for culinary professionals.

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WikiTree profile: James Beard
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (443k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten

According to the connection finder, I'm between 30 and 46 steps from all of them, but there is a WikiTreer who is a famous (or maybe infamous) foodie that's not on that list.

I don't know what the connection finder would say about steps, but I know <ref name="personal experience" /> that I can be connected by 1 click to Eddie King, who always finds well sourced impossible-to-find information and talks about his need for good food to reward himself for his hard work.

Today, I'm making a prawn salad sandwich, French onion soup, hearts-of-palm steamed lightly in raspberry vinaigrette, and for dessert, raspberry infused cheesecake. I need this sustenance as I'm starting my second novel today, wherein I parallel the development in the 1930s of Nazi Germany and the New York Mafia through the main character Reuben Slade/Sladek, honest NYC cop, Jewish, childhood friend of Bugsy Siegel, and WW2 soldier who attends the Nuremberg trials

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by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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I'm 18 degrees from Gustava Björklund, which surprised me at first but that comes from her (somewhat illicit) connection to the Bernadotte family. Next is Mapie de Toulouse-Lautrec, and interestingly, both connections run through the Clary family.

Anthony Bourdain is very far (at 38 degrees) in spite of his French origins. He was only connected (with some difficulty) through the marriage of one of his migrating cousins.
by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (422k points)
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I am most closely connected to Julia Child at 25 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Mach 8 (82.7k points)
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25 from Julia Child
by Elizabeth Randerson G2G2 (2.8k points)
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My 'foodie' connections are:

  • 18 degrees from Julia Child
  • 21 degrees from Isabella Beaton
  • 22 degrees from James Beard
  • 23 degrees from Gustafva Bjorklund
  • 23 degrees from Marie-Pierre de Toulouse-Latrec
  • 34 degrees from Edna Lewis
  • 36 degrees from Joop Braakhekke
  • 36 degrees from Margaret Fulton
  • 37 degrees from Anthony Bourdain

Family connections:

--Julia Child is 18 degrees and an 8th cousin 2x removed through MRCA Winifred (Unknown) Allen

--James Beard is 22 degrees and a 23 cousin 2x removed through MRCA Thomas Despenser

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (439k points)
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18 degrees and 10th cousin 2x removed from James Beard.  19 degrees and 10th cousin 3x removed from Julia Child.
by Melissa Wilson G2G1 (1.7k points)
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8th cousin 4x removed with Julia Child. The type of connection is mindblowing and goes well with a nice brandy.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (416k points)
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19 degrees from Julia Child (8th cousins, 3x removed)
20 degrees from James Beard (12th cousins, 3x removed)
23 degrees from Gustava Björklund
23 degrees from Mapie de Toulouse-Lautrec
25 degrees from Isabella Beeton
26 degrees from Edna Lewis
34 degrees from Anthony Bourdain
37 degrees from Joop Braakhekke
42 degrees from Margaret Fulton
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 3 (38.0k points)
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by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (504k points)
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I'm closest to Joop Braakhekke at 39 degrees. Furtherest is Margaret Fulton at 62 degrees.


by Gary Houston G2G Crew (350 points)
62 degrees Wow !  How did it get back that far ?
The 62 degrees come not from great depth (this goes about 7 generations back) but from many lateral steps through spouses and siblings.   See https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Connection&action=connect&person1Name=Van_Oudheusden-22&person2Name=Fulton-2992&relation=0&ignoreIds=

and click for the Generational Path view.
My ancestors aren't very well connected it seems. I've so far only found one connection to the shared tree, which is via [[Van_Neck-15]], which was created by [[North-1355]], who is only 18 steps distant. Perhaps others will turn up, since I could add Dutch links all day thanks to Dutch online records.

P.S. How do you make links in the forum? [ and [[ don't work.
I found another connection directly to the UK, so my closest is now a tie of 31 degrees from  Gustafva Bjorklund, Marie-Pierre de Toulouse-Latrec, and Julia Child, and the longest is 48 degrees from Anthony Bourdain.
It is odd how the bracket-style links don't work here, but you can use the link icon (looks like a chain link) to make one.  There's a box for text you want to be clickable and one for the link.

Thanks, so they can be done as full URLs, like Van_Neck-15 and North-1355. The underlying syntax is invisible.

+5 votes
James Beard is 20 Degrees

Gustava Björklund is 23 Degrees

Isabella Beeton is 25 Degrees

Edna Lewis is 31 Degrees

Anthony Bourdain is 32 Degrees

Joop Braakhekke is 33 Degrees

Margaret Fulton is 41 Degrees
by Pam Dale G2G6 Mach 5 (58.6k points)
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18 Degrees from Julia Child and an 8th cousin 3x removed through MRCA  Humphrey Atherton 

18 degrees and 19th cousin 1x removed (Uncertain) from James Beard.

21 degrees and 18th cousin (Uncertain) from Loralee Hutton

by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Mach 8 (88.1k points)
edited by Jennifer Robins
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Full disclosure - I don't like Brussels sprouts.

Julia Child is my 8th cousin once removed through our common ancestor Samuel Packard, born 1612, Stonham, England.

Julia gained notoriety in her 50's. I give her a lot of credit for this alone.
by Marilyn Kenyon G2G6 (8.6k points)
Me either on the brussels sprouts Marilyn, but one steak house here crispy fries them in balsamic and then they're not bad at all.
I would imagine that if you deep fry them in balsamic, that could make them edible.!
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by Loretta Morrison G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
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Julia Child is a 17-degree connection, and a 9th cousin twice removed on a rather different path.  The MRCA is Edward Gilman III from the Puritan Great Migration.

I relate more the "spy" part of her life than the "chef" part, though I'm sure I would have ended up in some grey room trying to break encryption algorithms or analyze messages, rather than chasing bad guys in an Aston-Martin or even collecting intelligence in the field.  In fact, from what I can see Julia seems to be better described as a security analyst than a spy.  Of course even the declassified files now available can be expected to describe the most exciting jobs in the blandest terms, so perhaps she saw more action than we know.

by J Ryan G2G6 (9.5k points)
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My closest connections are Julia Child (18 degrees), my 8th cousin 3 times removed and James Beard (18 degrees), my 17th cousin twice removed.  

by Jennifer Bello G2G3 (3.6k points)
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Closest to Julia Child, but pretty far from all. I have personally excelled in this area & am very proud of myself as well as my chef/restaurant owner nephew in Charleston. 

23 degrees from James Beard

34 degrees from Anthony Bourdai

22 degrees from Julia Child

25 degrees from Mapie de Toulouse-Lautrec

37 degrees from Joop Braakhekke

25 degrees from Isabella Beeton

24 degrees from Gustava Björklund

42 degrees from Margaret Fulton

32 degrees from Edna Lewis and 

27 degrees from Loralee Hutton.

by Jenn Roma G2G1 (1.9k points)
+4 votes

I am 20 degree's from Julia Child - which is kind of funny (peculiar) because my paternal grandmother Judy Van Vliet Cook loved her and it just so happens that I'm connected to Julia Child through my grandmother and my grandmother's name is really Julia (although she preferred Judy).

And I'm also 20 degree's from Loralee Hutton, through my maternal grandmother's line.

by Keith Cook G2G6 Mach 3 (35.1k points)

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