Dean of Special Programs
Dazzling. Informative. Inspiring. Chef Pépin’s demonstrations are events unto themselves. With his combination of personal warmth, humor, and extraordinary experience and knowledge, he has been a powerful presenter and priceless resource at the International Culinary Center since 1988. Prior to moving to the United States, Chef Pépin served as personal chef to Charles de Gaulle.
In America he worked at the famed Le Pavillon before mastering the nuances of mass production, marketing, food chemistry, and American food tastes working in research and development for the Howard Johnson Company. One of the best known culinary teachers in the world, he’s earned a place in the James Beard Foundation’s Cookbook Hall of Fame, captured the foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, been recognized for Best TV Cooking Segment and Best Culinary Video, and earned the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Chef Pépin won a daytime Emmy award for a television show he co-hosted with Julia Child and is among an elite group that has received the Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, two of the highest honors bestowed by the French government.
The founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food, Pépin has influenced the global culinary community time and again with over twenty cookbooks and numerous television series, including his latest nationally-airing television series Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul and accompanying companion cookbook, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, both out in Fall 2015. Most importantly, Pépin shares his knowledge and expertise through teaching at the International Culinary Center.