|Jacques Pépin Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||December 18, 1935|
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
Jacques Pépin is a French-born American chef, author, culinary educator, television personality, and artist who has hosted numerous cooking-based TV shows on American television and has written for several publications including The New York Times and Food & Wine. A longtime friend and collaborator of the American chef Julia Child, the pair had won a Daytime Emmy Award for their TV series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. He has also published several cookbooks, most of which have been best-sellers. Since 1989, he has taught classes in the Culinary Arts Program at Boston University and has also served as dean of special programs at the International Culinary Center in New York City.
Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Jacques, after his emigration to the United States in 1959, had wished to complete his education. For this, he had enrolled in an English language course for foreign students which was equivalent to a GED (General Educational Development) test. He had subsequently joined General Studies classes as well.
In 1970, he had earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University‘s School of General Studies. In 1972, he had attained his Master of Arts degree in French literature from the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He had later entered into a doctoral program at Columbia University but his proposed thesis on French food in literature was rejected after being labeled as ‘too frivolous to pursue’.
Chef, Author, Culinary Educator, TV Personality, Artist
- Father – Jean-Victor Pépin (Restaurant Owner) (Deceased)
- Mother – Jeannette Pépin (Restaurant Owner) (Deceased)
- Siblings – Roland Pépin (Older Brother) (Deceased), Bichon Pépin (Younger Brother) (Deceased)
- Others – Rolland ‘Rolley’ Bailey Wesen (Son-in-Law)
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jacques has dated –
- Gloria Pépin (1966–2020) – Jacques had married Gloria in 1966 and the couple was together until her death on December 5, 2020. They had a daughter together named Claudine Pépin (b. 1968). Through Claudine, Jacques has a granddaughter named Shorey Wesen.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of French descent.
- Mildly stocky frame
- Side-parted, wavy hair
- Clean-shaven look
Jacques Pépin Facts
- After the end of World War II, Jacques’s parents had owned a restaurant called Le Pélican, where he used to work in his childhood. When he was 13, he had started his apprenticeship at the Le Grand Hôtel de l’Europe in his hometown of Bourg-en-Bresse.
- Before he began working in the TV industry, he had been a restaurant chef in the United States for more than a decade. However, a near-fatal car accident in 1974 had forced him to focus more on teaching and presenting TV shows rather than working as an active chef.
- In 2016, his daughter Claudine and his son-in-law Rolland had helped establish the Jacques Pépin Foundation to support culinary education for adults struggling with employment opportunities.
- As of April 2021, he had been honored with 24 James Beard Foundation Awards and 5 honorary doctoral degrees.
- In 2004, he was presented the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of merit.
- In 2019, he was given the Emmy Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement’.
Featured Image by Jacques Pépin / Instagram