Virtual Culinary Workshop w/Chef Jacques Pépin – ONLINE
Devour! Alumni and master chef Jacques Pépin joins us virtually this year from his home in Connecticut, with five exclusive culinary demonstration videos from his upcoming cookbook Quick and Simple. In support of the Jacques Pépin Foundation. Donate here.
Ticket Price: $20 online (includes recipes in advance).
Sponsored by: Royal Bank, Russell Hendrix, Alliance Française, the Embassy of France in Canada & the Consulate General of France in the Atlantic Provinces
Born in 1935 in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, near Lyon, Pépin always found the kitchen to be a place of both comfort and excitement. He helped in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pélican, and at age 13, he began an apprenticeship at the Grand Hôtel de L’Europe. He subsequently worked in Paris, ultimately serving as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle.
After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin first worked at Le Pavillon, an historic French restaurant in New York City. From 1960 to 1970, he was director of research and new development for Howard Johnson’s and developed recipes for the restaurant chain. At the same time, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Columbia University.
He is the author of 30 books, the most recent of which, Quick & Simple, offers classic and timeless recipes for unexpectedly polished and satisfying meals with minimal prep and cleanup. Pépin released his seminal text La Technique in 1976, and his autobiography The Apprentice in 2003. His first cookbook was released in 1967, the same year his only daughter Claudine was born.
Pépin is a former columnist for The New York Times and his articles have appeared in countless food magazines, especially Food & Wine magazine. He is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from five American universities, was awarded France’s highest civilian honor, La Légion d’Honneur, in 2004, as well as the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 1997, and the Mérite Agricole in 1992. He has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
In 2015, Pépin received the American Public Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award in November and the inaugural Julia Child Award, which was presented to him at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on October 22. A longtime close friend of Julia Child, he starred with her in a PBS series called Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, which won both an Emmy Award and a James Beard Foundation Award in 2001.
For the past 35 years, Pépin has taught in the Culinary Arts Program at Boston University and he served as dean of special programs at the International Culinary Center in New York City for 30 years. He and his wife, Gloria, have called Connecticut home since 1975. @jacquespepinfoundation