“Cooking is mostly a matter of craftsmanship with talent and some inspiration added, along with a sprinkling of love for the perfect dish; one cannot cook indifferently.” (On Cooking and Painting 01)
“In painting, individuals who have a thorough knowledge of the techniques along with extraordinary talent, like Picasso or Matisse, are geniuses. In the kitchen, a few chefs have certainly risen higher and achieved more to become models, setting the criteria for other professionals. Chefs like Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller are good examples, but, for me, they are still not to be compared to a Matisse or a Picasso.” (03)
“Even when they are not billed as such, the “food-fast” recipes of Jacques Pepin are sure bets for a no-fuss meal. Here, he uses a minimum of ingredients to create an informal kind of souffle. No sauce base to cook and no beaten egg whites to fold in. A blender does the work.”
“I have been cooking for more than 60 years, and I have been painting sporadically for half a century. Both are part of who I am, how I feel, and how I react to a sensual or esthetic experience.” Jacques Pepin
The Chautauqua Institution Food Festival opens on August 20th in Bestor Plaza with barbecue, wine and beer and later, the festival will host Ross Warhol, formerly the chef at the Athenaeum Hotel. Chef Warhol is now executive chef at Buffalo’s fine dining Oliver’s restaurant.
“I think one of the special things about Jacques’ own career is that it almost perfectly aligns with and, in some ways, prefigures some of the really important changes in the way Americans view food and the profession of the chef that he himself was either responsible for or was closely connected to and then had some hand in shaping. So, it was a real pleasure to be able to roll back the clock in a way in telling Jacques’ story to remember a time when chefs frankly were hidden behind walls; there was no such thing as open kitchens. People didn’t want to see who was cooking their food… To remember a time when Americans didn’t really have a vocabulary for understanding what the work–the manual craftsmanship–of being a professionally-trained chef was.”
Jacques on FareStart: “We’re addressing people who have been a bit maligned by life. Cooking is [a way] to give a lot of pleasure to people. So you give some of yourself as well … It can redeem you in many ways.”
Jacques Pepin was in Seattle, celebrating his new partnership with the FareStart organization. There were many luminaries on-hand for the deluxe fundraising event.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City hosted more than 600 hospitality industry leaders, food service experts and celebrity chefs as well as The Culinary Institute of America alumni and other dignitaries from the entertainment and business industries.
“The Culinary Institute of America has created the Augie™ Award to commemorate the success and achievement of our industry’s best and brightest.” The award was created in honor of renowned master chef, Auguste Escoffer to exemplify a “tradition of innovation and leadership” and to “recognize the achievement of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and chefs.”
“Cooking legend Jacques Pepin was in Los Angeles recently on a press tour for American Masters, the PBS documentary series that profiles artists in different fields. He’s given interviews for episodes featuring his friends and collaborators, including his food show co-host Julia Child, and in May Pepin himself will be the subject of a new addition to the series.”