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Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen

KQED “Heart and Soul in the Kitchen”

Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft
If you have talent, the techniques are the engine, the means by which you express that talent.
June 21, 2019

Jacques Honored with a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award

Earlier this year, Jacques was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Jacques Pépin at the Beatrice Inn
Jacques Pépin in the kitchen
  • 1935

    Jacques is born, Bourg-en-Bresse, France.

  • 1949

    Jacques begins his formal culinary apprenticeship.

  • 1956-1958

    During his military service, Jacques serves as personal chef to three French heads of state.

  • 1959

    Jacques comes to the United States to work at the restaurant Le Pavillon.

    Meets Craig Claiborne, Julia Child and James Beard.

  • 1961

    Howard Johnson hires Jacques to work alongside Pierre Franey to develop food lines for his chain of Howard Johnson's restaurants.

  • 1967

    Jacques authors his first cookbook, “The other half of the Egg” with Helen McCully.

  • 1976

    Jacques publishes, “La Technique.”

  • 1982

    Jacques starred in “Every Day Cooking,” his first TV series.

  • 1997

    Jacques launches PBS series, “The Complete Pépin”.

  • 2001

    Jacques and Julia Child receive a Daytime Emmy for “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home.”

  • 2005

    Jacques wins his 14th James Beard Foundation award for his lifetime of achievement.

  • 2015

    Jacques filmed “Heart and Soul in the Kitchen,” his 13th TV series with KQED.

  • 2016

    Alongside his daughter, Claudine, and son-in-law, Rollie Wesen, Jacques launches the Jacques Pépin Foundation.

Whether it is in painting, in cooking, in cabinet making or any other craft, you have to become a good technician and repeat and repeat until you reach the point where you have so internalized those skills that they become an unconscious part of you.