C-CAP Honoree 2002
C-CAP honors Jacques Pépin for his many contributions to the
foodservice industry and for his dedication to C-CAP. Jacques has
always encouraged and nurtured the next generation of chefs, and in
doing so personifies the goals of C-CAP.
Celebrated host of numerous award-winning cooking shows on national
public television, master chef, food columnist, cooking teacher, and
author of twenty-one cookbooks, Jacques Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse,
near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents'
restaurant, Le Pelican. At age thirteen, he began his formal apprenticeship
at the distinguished Grand Hotel de LEurope. He subsequently
worked in Paris, training under Lucien Diat at the Plaza Athénée.
At a very young age, Jacques became the personal chef to three French
heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle.
In 1959 Jacques came to New York to work at the historic Le Pavillon
restaurant. From there he moved to the Howard Johnson Company to work
with Pierre Franey. During this period, he received an M.A. degree
from Columbia University in 18th-century French literature.
We have learned classic French culinary traditions from Jacques through
his many PBS-TV series, and his ground breaking books La Technique
& La Methode have inspired many of todays top chefs. This
year he is launching a new public television series and two new cookbooks.
The series, entitled "Jacques Pépin Celebrates",
is co-hosted by his daughter, Claudine.
Mr. Pépin is the Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary
Institute, is a quarterly columnist for Food & Wine Magazine,
is on the board of trustees of The James Beard Foundation, and is
a valued member of the C-CAP Advisory Board.
C-CAP salutes Jacques Pépin for his dedication to excellence,
his outstanding contributions to culinary traditions, and especially
for his commitment to future generations of young chefs.
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