Category: Jacques Pepin
Before Jacques Pépin became an acclaimed chef, TV host, author, and cofounder (with Julia Child) of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, he put in his time humbly developing the craft that would go on to bring him worldwide renown. The story of his ascent as a food icon is documented in the new PBS special, American Masters—Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft, which debuts Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m.
After a recent advance screening of the documentary, Pépin admitted that when he got his start, kitchen work was not as respected as it has become today. “At the time, the cook was very low on the social scale,” Pépin explained.
Read more in the Boston Herald.
As public television co-hosts, cookbook co-authors—and co-founders of MET’s master’s program in gastronomy and certificate program in the culinary arts—the names Jacques Pépin (Hon.’11) and Julia Child (Hon.’76) will be forever linked. How appropriate, then, that Chef Pépin be named the first recipient of the award named for his long-time friend and colleague by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.
During MET’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, Dean ad interim Tanya Zlateva will introduce MET’s 2015 Commencement Speaker, Jacques Pépin.
The acclaimed chef, author, and television personality is a legend in the cooking world, and at BU’s Metropolitan College. In collaboration with French cooking guru and television personality Julia Child, Chef Pépin was responsible for cofounding the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy program at MET, and the Certificate Program in Culinary Arts, offered through MET’s Programs in Food & Wine. A part-time faculty member at MET since 1983, Pépin has taught hundreds of BU students. He has additionally drawn over ten thousand residents of greater Boston to the University by hosting informal seminars, demonstrations, discussions, and special cooking events through MET’s Lifelong Learning programs.
“Eleven white-aproned Metropolitan College Culinary Arts students wearing red BU hats pass pastry-laden trays into industrial ovens as world-renowned chef, cookbook author, and television host Jacques Pépin moves purposefully and confidently through the kitchen.” Focusing on his recent “On Cooking and Painting” events, a recent Daily Free Press article and MET Gastronomy Blog post pay tribute to the co-founder and spiritual leader of MET’s Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy and Certificate Program in Culinary Arts. Chef Pépin is the featured speaker at this year’s Metropolitan College Convocation Ceremony, May 16.
Jacques Pépin, cofounder with Julia Child of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, recently discussed his last scheduled cooking series (the 26-episode Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul, scheduled to air in October 2015 on KQED Public Television), and his plans for the future as he turns 80. In the News Tribune article, Pépin stresses that he does not plan to retire. “Julia never retired,” he commented. He does, however, intend to continue demonstrating his famed culinary techniques for students at MET.
MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts—founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin—celebrated its 25th anniversary on Tuesday, March 25. For the event, some of the program’s chef-instructors— including Chris Douglass, Jeffrey Fournier, Michael Leviton, Barry Maiden, Janine Sciarappa, Jeremy Sewall, and John Vhynanek—recreated their favorite recipes.
Read the Globe article.