Jacques Pépin

Dean of Special Programs.

Dazzling. Informative. Inspiring. Chef Jacques' 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 Jacques 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 Jacques 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, he shares his knowledge through numerous cookbooks and TV series, and, most importantly, through teaching at the International Culinary Center. Chef Jacques joined the International Culinary Center in 1988.