Jacques Pépin and the Stories Behind the Dishes

Season 2 | Episode 1
48m | Jan 10, 2024

Food is a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries. That’s according to legendary chef Jacques Pépin, a culinary icon and friend of Anthony Bourdain. Jacques reveals the first time he met the culinary maverick and shares stories of their interactions and friendship over the years. He reflects on his own culinary background, exploring the influences of his upbringing in wartime France, time spent as the personal chef of French President Charles de Gaulle, friendship with Julia Child and more. Discover Jacques's perspective on the transformation of culinary norms, from the strict conformity of his early years to the celebration of individual expression in today's kitchen through social media. Learn about his own foray into the digital culinary world during the pandemic, offering quick and simple recipes to over 1.8 million followers. Laugh along with anecdotes about his hangover cure and his preference for simple, hearty meals, like an omelet, over elaborate tasting menus. Jacques reveals the dishes that evoke childhood memories and emphasizes the emotional power of food in connecting generations. He shares his work with the Jacques Pépin Foundation, supporting community kitchens that offer free life skills and culinary training to adults with high barriers to employment, including previous incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse issues, low skill and education attainment and lack of work history.

Learn more about the Jacques Pépin Foundation

Co-hosts Emily Fedner (@foodloversdiary) and Fabrizio Villalpando (@theemoodyfoody) are represented by Digital Brand Architects

This episode is in partnership with John Boos


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Produced by Haynow Media and Brandon Brown Productions.

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