Cook's Night Out (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)
Cook's Night Out is an early five-part BBC television cooking show. Hosted by French chef Marcel Boulestin, it is claimed by BBC Archive to be the first-ever television cookery show.
Five episodes were broadcast live every fortnight, from January 21st to March 18th, 1937. It involved Boulestin making various dishes, which could be combined together to make an "excellent five-course dinner". Boulestin would first demonstrate how to make an omelette, followed by a Filet de Sole Murat, Escalope de Veau Choisy, preparation of salads, and finally Crepes Flambees. According to Eater, the show's target audience was upper-class individuals who could afford then-very expensive television sets, but of whom lacked at-home cooking staff for that particular evening.
Like other early BBC television broadcasts, Cook's Night Out was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, all five episodes are now permanently lost. A photo of Boulestin making the omelette is all that remains of the show.
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- IMDB page for Cook's Night Out. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- BBC Archive tweet, crediting Cook's Night Out as the first TV cookery series. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- BBC Genome archive of Radio Times issues, listing Cook's Night Out and the "excellent five-course dinner" quote. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- Radio Times issue summarising episode 1. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- Radio Times issue summarising episode 2. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- Radio Times issue summarising episode 4. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- Radio Times issue summarising episode 5. Retrieved 18 Apr '21
- Eater article, summarising the show's premise and intended audience. Retrieved 18 Apr '21