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Date Of BirthDecember 18, 1935
SpouseGloria Pépin
FactMet Julia Child in 1960 and had worked together in shows. They were lifelong friends until her death in 2004.

Jacques Pépin is a world-renowned French chef, author, and television personality. He is known for his simple and elegant approach to cooking, as well as his mastery of classic French techniques.

Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, in 1935. His father was a doctor and his mother was a homemaker. He has two sisters.

Pépin began his culinary training at the age of 13, apprenticing at a local restaurant. He went on to study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, where he graduated first in his class.

Pépin began his professional career working in some of the finest restaurants in France, including Maxim’s and the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. He eventually moved to the United States, where he worked as a private chef for several wealthy families.

In 1973, Pépin debuted on public television with the cooking show “Jacques Pépin’s Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine.” The show was an instant hit, and led to a series of highly successful cooking programs, including “Jacques Pépin’s Cooking School” and “Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way.”

Pépin has also written more than two dozen cookbooks, including the James Beard Award-winning “The Art of French Cooking.” His most recent book, “Heart & Soul in the Kitchen,” was published in 2016.

Pépin has been married twice. His first wife, Gloria, died in 1997. He has two daughters from his first marriage, Claudine and Catherine. His second wife, Rozanne Gold, is a food writer and cooking instructor. They live in Madison, Connecticut.

Pépin is a naturalized citizen of the United States. He has been awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian honor.

General Info

Full NameJacques Pépin
Date Of BirthDecember 18, 1935
ProfessionTV chef, Author
EducationColumbia University, Columbia University School of General Studies


SpouseGloria Pépin
ChildrenClaudine Pépin
ParentsJean-Victor Pépin, Jeannette Pépin


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host, James Beard Award for General Cooking, James Beard Award for Best National Television Cooking Show, James Beard Award for Cookbook Hall of Fame, James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement, James Beard Award for Entertaining and Special Occa...
NominationsJames Beard Award for Reference and Scholarship, James Beard Award for Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location, James Beard Award for Focus on Health, James Beard Award for Best T.V. Cooking Series
TV ShowsJulia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul, Essential Pépin, Baking with Julia, Julia & Jacques: More Cooking in Concert, Today's Gourmet, Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine, Jacques Pepin's Cooking Techniques

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1I think I should put some parsley in it. Whole bunch of parsley. Parsley is very good for you. Everything is very healthy. Everyone wants to die in good health. So we're doing healthy food.
2The food you serve always tastes better than the food you eat alone.


1Father-In-Law of Rollie Wesen.
2Met Julia Child in 1960 and had worked together in shows. They were lifelong friends until her death in 2004.
3Grandfather of Shorey Wesen.
4An auto accident in 1974 had prevented him from being a full-time chef. Thus, he turned to being an culinary instructor, hosting cooking shows and writing books.
5Was a mentor to Sara Moulton.
6Father of Claudine Pepin.
7Drafted in 1956, was Navy chef to General Charles de Gaulle.
8Decided to be a cook at age 13, went to Paris at age 17.
9Awarded the French Legion of Honor.
10Consultant to Howard Johnson's for 10 years.



Heart & SoulTV Series 7 episodes, 2015 written by - 19 episodes, 2015 - 2016
Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way2008TV Series written by


Heart & Soul2015TV Series
Bookmark2013TV SeriesGuest (2013)
Ugly Betty2008TV SeriesGerard Chainet
Kitchen1996TV SeriesHost
Cooking Techniques1995TV SeriesHost
Today's Gourmet1990TV SeriesHost


Rachael Ray2013-2016TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Heart & Soul2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHimself
The View2015TV SeriesHimself
Wahlburgers2014TV SeriesHimself
The Taste2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Mentor
Top Chef2009-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge / Chef / Author
Lidia Celebrates America2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Charlie Rose2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Family & Friends Remember Julia Child2009Video shortHimself
Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way2009TV SeriesHimself
At the Table with...2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Chef
Wisdom2008Video documentaryHimself
Jacques Pepin More Fast Food My Way2008TV SeriesHimself
Mexico: One Plate at a Time2007TV Series documentaryHimself
After Hours with Daniel Boulud2006TV SeriesHimself
American Masters2003-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home2000TV SeriesHimself - Host
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1991-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1981TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHimself - French Chef
Clambake!1968TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Anna & Kristina's Grocery Bag2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Cookbook Author
At the Table with...2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostJulia & Jacques Cooking at Home (2000)

Nominated Awards

2016Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Culinary HostFor "Jacques Pepin Heart and Soul"
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostJulia & Jacques Cooking at Home (2000)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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