Thursday | September 14 | 9 am PT | In English | Online
Free for AFdeLA Members
The Federation of Alliances Françaises USA invites you to attend an online interview with Chef Jacques Pépin, award winning chef, author, culinary educator, television personality , artist winner of the 2015 Federation of AF USA Prix Charbonnier award.
Chef Jacques Pépin’s life-story is legendary, with an extraordinary decades-long career.
After having been the personal chef of French president Charles de Gaulle, Chef Pépin moved to the US in 1959 and worked in New York’s top French restaurants. Instead of accepting the offer to be President John F. Kennedy’s personal chef, he took a culinary development job with Howard Johnson’s. During his career, he has served in numerous prestigious restaurants, first, in Paris, and then in America. He has appeared on American television and has written for The New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, and other publications. He has authored more than 30 cookbooks, some of which have become best sellers. Pépin’s 1999 PBS series with his longtime friend chef Julia Child, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, won a Daytime Emmy Award. He also holds a BA and a MA from Colombia University in French literature.
He has been honored with 24 James Beard Foundation Awards, five honorary doctoral degrees, the American Public Television’s lifetime achievement award, the Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2019, and the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of merit.
In 2016, with his daughter, Claudine Pépin and his son-in-law, Rollie Wesen, Pépin created the Jacques Pépin Foundation to support culinary education for adults “who have been disenfranchised by life,” with barriers to employment. He has lived in Connecticut since 1975.
Join the Federation AF USA to learn about chef’s exceptional career and his philosophy on cooking, dining, and entertaining.