Jacques Pépin French Celebrity Chef at Saint Martin’s Gala

Cooking legend Jacques Pépin will bring his wisdom and years of experience as the celebrity chef at Saint Martin’s University Gala on November 7th. Born in 1935 in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, near Lyon, Pépin always found the kitchen to be a place of both comfort and excitement. He helped in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pélican, and subsequently worked in Paris, ultimately serving as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. 

After moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin first worked at Le Pavillon, a historic French restaurant in New York City. Jacques Pepin has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 30 years, Pépin has taught in the Culinary Arts Program at Boston University. His love for teaching and imparting knowledge is obvious. 

“I want to give back the excitement and love of cooking. I also enjoy showing the kids that love and prosperity can come through the kitchen. We are now teaching technique and courses through video around the country,” says Pepin.

He is optimistic and lately his work has focused on families and cooking. “One of the good things that came out of this pandemic is that families were at home learning to cook and sitting down to share food together. Food and wine brings people together for conversations. It has forced us to get back to what is important,” says Pepin.

“My life has been about cooking and I impart that love to students. I’m very much looking forward to sharing that love over some great food at the Saint Martin’s Gala,” says Pepin. Robin Lucas

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