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.
About the Augie Award: “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.”
Shep Gordon: Talent manager for rock stars, Hollywood agent, film producer, and New York Times bestselling author, Shep Gordon is also credited with creating the celebrity chef category. The subject of an award-winning Mike Myers documentary film, Supermensch, he penned his own memoir, They Call Me Supermensch, in 2016.
Jacques Pépin: A former columnist for The New York Times, his articles have appeared in countless food magazines. Chef Pépin’s awards include France’s highest civilian honor, La Legion d’Honneur; 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Life-time Achievement Award; and an Emmy Award for his PBS series with Julia Child.
Martha Stewart: Emmy Award-winning television host, bestselling author, trusted lifestyle expert, and respected business entrepreneur, Martha Stewart’s brand of high-quality household and garden products are sold at major retailers nationwide. Her latest television show pairs her with rap star, Snoop Dogg.