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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.

2021 Relief Campaign

During the pandemic, the JPF offered poster prints of Jacques' art to support our programs in the face of desperate need. The effort fully funded four JPF Community Kitchen Grants. Thank you to all of our poster purchasers! As the economy recovers, the need amongst our neighbors trying to re-enter the workforce and feed their families has not yet receded. This year's poster campaign features two new works, offered in a larger size. Please visit our Shopify store for your poster(s). Signed posters are available on request — please email us for details. Thank you for your support!