His was the first cooking show I ever watched*. He did not exactly come across as the kind of guy I'd like to have a beer with, but damn if I didn't learn something from him every time.

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[*ETA: Probably not, on second thought; Julia Child was probably first. Then Charlie. But still, he was an influencer, no doubt.]