Watch Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 12pm on WMHT TV
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In honor of Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday, chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare a celebratory feast with Jacques before a live audience at Farallon, one of San Francisco’s most iconic restaurants. While preparing these special dishes, the four chefs share both intimate moments and lots of laughs. The whole party ends with a joyful toast over Pépin’s birthday cake. JACQUES PÉPIN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION is part of special programming premiering on WMHT beginning November 28, 2015 at 12pm.
Though the chefs bring their own recipes to prepare, Pépin is eager to lend a helping hand and demonstrate his impeccable technique. During the preparations the chefs share candid conversation, memorable stories and anecdotes from their kitchen experiences, along with a few nibbles — and plenty of wine! The audience joins in by sampling the dishes and sharing in the laughter, truly appreciating this once-in-a-lifetime experience of celebrating a culinary legend’s birthday.
Jacques Pépin is renowned as a chef and as the host of acclaimed and popular cooking shows on public television. He is a respected instructor, a prolific author, having written more than 25 books, and a gifted artist. A former columnist for The New York Times and contributing editor to Food & Wine magazine, he is the Dean of Special Programs at the International Culinary Center in New York and has taught at Boston University for more than 25 years.
Pépin is the winner of numerous James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) awards for both his television series and for his books. He earned a place in the Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame in 1996 and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Pépin holds the highest honor bestowed by the French Government, the title of CHEVALIER DE L’ORDRE NATIONAL DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR.
Pépin has also shared the spotlight with Julia Child in a PBS series that still appears on public television stations. The series, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, received a 2001 Daytime Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Pépin lives in Connecticut with his wife, Gloria, and two poodles, Paco and Gaston.