Earl Peyroux, the former host of the nationally syndicated TV show, “Gourmet Cooking,” died on Oct. 23. Cause of death was not released. He was 78.
Born in New Orleans, Peyroux graduated from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris. He studied under Julia Child and Paul Prudhomme and wrote seven cookbooks featuring Creole and French-inspired dishes.
Peyroux was teaching culinary arts at Pensacola Junior College in Florida when the campus public television station asked him to serve as the host of a cooking show in 1977. The show, “Gourmet Cooking,” was eventually picked up by PBS. It aired for 18 years and 600 episodes.
“People liked that he cooked an entire meal, made a mess and didn’t care; that he just seems so natural — he came across as a regular person,” said Liz Watkins, his producer and director.
Although he gave up the show about seven years ago, Peyroux had planned to produce a series of cooking tips for PBS in 2004.