I'm slightly confused on the time frame here. IMDB and Wiki tell me the original shows were produced in Canada from 1968 to 1972. That's me from 4 to 8. However, I'm pretty sure they were syndicated and shown in the US a few years after that, because I do remember watching this pretty vividly, so I'm guessing I would have seen them a few years into the 70's, since my earliest TV memories start around 1974. I think. Memory being the elusive thing that is.
LOVED THIS GUY! The drinking (LOL!), the jumping, the clothes, the side-burns. Apparently he was called "The Liberace of food" as thought that were a BAD THING!
I'm pretty sure I watched this in the afternoons and that is was being shown on channel 13, WNET-i.e. PBS. Maybe right after or before The French Chef? (Any of my fellow New Yorkers from that time remember this?)
He just made it all seem so fun and maybe made me want to try a bit of cooking myself in a way that Julia Child did not.
I know he's renounced the show, both for the drinking and the "unhealthy" food. These days I'd be down with most of the butter, but less so with the carbs, although I know food fashions change and everyone has to find their own path, both in food and God. (She says while giving a vigorous side-eye to anyone still pushing Low Fat/High Carb.)
Anyway, thanks Graham for the fun and the memories.