Jacques Pépin

Monday, August 21, 2017

Location Amphitheater

Gate pass required. Purchase at our Main Gate Welcome Center, (716) 357-6250

Master chef, author, Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

Jacques Pépin is "the original Iron Chef.” He has published more than 25 cookbooks, hosted 14 highly acclaimed public television shows and taught millions of Americans – plus an entire generation of chefs — how to cook. His innovative approach to the kitchen begins with technique and ends with creation, believing that every meal should be a celebration.

Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, he worked in his parent’s restaurant, Chez Pépin, as a child before starting his formal apprenticeship at age 13. After a meteoric rise through the ranks, Pépin became the personal chef for three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. Upon moving to the United States, Pépin turned down the position of White House chef to direct research and development at Howard Johnson’s, where he helped revolutionize food chemistry, mass production techniques and subsequently, American food tastes. 

Pépin also shared the spotlight with the iconic Julia Child on the award-winning “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home,” which won a Daytime Emmy and the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best National Cooking Show. The duo developed and taught a master’s degree program in gastronomy at Boston University, where Pépin still teaches today. He has also taught at the French Culinary Institute since 1988, currently serving as Dean of Special Programs, and is Executive Culinary Director for Oceania Cruises. 

His many honors include France’s highest recognition, the Légion d'honneur.