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Jacques Pépins
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 L’Europe. 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 today’s 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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