Three More Rare, Retro Culinary Game Shows

Our vintage game show point man, Adam Nedeff of, unearthed a few early culinary celebs in his archives. Here, three American food icons at their most confounding:

1. What's My Line? (1969)

Rudolph Stanish was so well-known when he appeared on What's My Line? that two judges were forced to disqualify themselves. Stanish made omelets for Hollywood stars, monarchs and musicians, although he called Marilyn Monore his most memorable customer. Known as "The Omelet King," Stanish could cook 180 omelets an hour, but only sampled one a month: He was allergic to eggs.

2. To Tell The Truth (1973)

Three years after Orville Redenbacher launched his signature popcorn, a hybrid strain that the Indiana native had spent a lifetime developing, nobody on To Tell The Truth's panel recognized the bespectacled agronomist behind the chili and curry-flavored kernels they were given to munch.

3. What's My Line? (1963)

Residents of Colonel Sanders' hometown, who've long resisted erecting a monument to the fried chicken impresario, still consider Sanders a scoundrel and a cheat. But he oozed Southern charm when he appeared on What's My Line? in 1963.

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