On Friday, May 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm, PBS stations will air the documentary for the first time. “Jacques Pépin: the Art of Craft” is part of a four documentary series called “Chef’s Flight” which also features:
From the earliest stages of his career, Jacques has always willingly shared his knowledge and experience with the general public and with students interested in the culinary arts. As well as being an educator at these two schools–The International Culinary Center and Boston University School of Hospitality Administration–Jacques supports them with a portion of the sales of his artwork.Learn more.
“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.
Jacques’ “The Harried Chicken” painting is a new farm to framelimited-edition signed print. This newest kitchen art makes a unique chef gift for birthday, anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, housewarming or graduation. “The Harried Chicken” is available here as a high-quality, fine-art giclée print with a limited edition print run of just 200. Once a print run sells out, that print is “retired” and no longer available for sale.
In a Hartford Courant interview with Frank Rizzo in Jacques Pepin’s Madison Connecticut kitchen, the chef talks about being an “American Chef.”
Jacques will be honored as the subject of an episode of a new PBS “American Masters” series called “Chef’s Flight.” The first episode, titled “Jacques Pepin: The Art of Craft”, had it’s world premiere in San Francisco. And will air on PBS stations in May.