On Cooking and Painting. Hands of a Chef. Hands of a Painter.

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Jacques Pepin: On Cooking and Painting. Hands of a Chef. Hands of a Painter.
Photo: Tom Hopkins

“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)

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No, a souffle isn’t ‘too fancy’ for dinner (if you do it the easy way)

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A souffle isn’t ‘too fancy’ for dinner (if you do it the easy way) Bonnie Benwick, Jacques Pepin Recipe
A souffle isn’t ‘too fancy’ for dinner (if you do it the easy way) Bonnie Benwick, Jacques Pepin Recipe
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“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.”

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From Jacques Pepin to Food Trucks at Chautauqua Food Festival

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Jacques Pepin to Headline the 2017 Chautauqua Institution Food Festival
Jacques Pepin to Headline the 2017 Chautauqua Institution Food Festival
Photo: Tom Hopkins

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.

Jacques Pepin will be headlining the 2017 festival on August 21, 2017.
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“Simply Ming” with Jacques Pépin Taping Upcoming Episode

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Jacques Pepin with Ming Tsai at Taping of Simply Ming with Jacques’ Granddaughter Shorey

Jacques Pepin with Ming Tsai at Taping of Simply Ming with Jacques’ Granddaughter ShoreyJacques and his granddaughter, Shorey, joined Ming Tsai on the set of “Simply Ming” for the taping of an future episode on which they’ll be talking about–and preparing recipes from–Jacques’ upcoming (mid-September, 2017) book “A Grandfather’s Lessons: In the Kitchen with Shorey.”
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Video: Peter L. Stein About “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft“ Documentary

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Video: Peter L. Stein About PBS American Masters “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft“ Documentary
Video: Peter L. Stein About PBS American Masters “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft“ Documentary
Documentary maker Peter L. Stein describes some of the special on- and off-screen challenges of bringing Jacques Pépin’s story to the screen for PBS’s American Masters, and recalls his longtime collaboration with Jacques as producer of many of his early public television series.

“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.”

Peter L. Stein, from his filmmaker interview on “Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft

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Jacques Pepin is Collaborating with FareStart to Help with Job Training and More

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FareStart: We help people with barriers to employment get the skills they need for a real career.
Jacques Pepin at Seattle Book Signing for FareStart (and he doesn't like marshmallows!)
Photo by Robert Wade / Courtesy of FareStart

FareStart: We help people with barriers to employment get the skills they need for a real career.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.

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Jacques Pépin, Shep Gordon, Martha Stewart Receive 2017 Augie Awards

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Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart and Shep Gordon Receive CIA’s 2017 Augie Awards
Jacques Pepin, Martha Stewart and Shep Gordon Receive CIA’s 2017 Augie Awards
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Jacques Pepin with friend Thomas Keller at the CIA 2017 Augie Awards

On April 19, 2017: The Culinary Institute of America presented the 2017 Augie Awards to “a trio of titans”: entertainment expert Shep Gordon, French chef and TV personality Jacques Pépin and author and TV personality Martha Stewart.

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.

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Jacques Pépin, Shep Gordon and Martha Stewart to Receive 2017 Augie Awards

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Jacques Pepin to Receive CIA’s Augie Award with Shep Gordon and Martha Stewart
Jacques Pepin to Receive CIA’s Augie Award with Shep Gordon and Martha Stewart
Photo: Tom Hopkins

February 27, 2017, Hyde Park, New York: On April 19, 2017, The Culinary Institute of America will present the 2017 Augie Awards to “a trio of titans”: entertainment expert Shep Gordon, French chef and TV personality Jacques Pépin and author and TV personality Martha Stewart.

“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.”

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LA Weekly: Jacques Pepin’s Favorite L.A. Restaurant Is Actually in Pasadena

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LA Weekly Katherine Spiers Article Photo by Edsel Little/Flickr
LA Weekly Katherine Spiers Article Photo by Edsel Little/Flickr
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LA WEEKLY article by Katherine Spiers:

“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.”

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