Jacques Pépin is one of America’s best-known chefs, cookbook authors, and cooking teachers, Jacques Pépin has published 25 cookbooks and hosted nine acclaimed public television cooking series. Fast Food My Way" produced by KQED-TV in San Francisco, is Pépin’s most recent PBS-TV series, with a companion cookbook published by Houghton Mifflin. A follow-up series and cookbook, both entitled "More Fast Food My Way," will debut in 2008. Also available currently is the re-release of a 1997 KQED series featuring Pépin’s renowned cooking techniques. Updated and renamed “The Complete Pépin,” was released nationally by APT beginning in the fall of 2007.
A former columnist for The New York Times, Pépin writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine. He also participates regularly in that magazine’s prestigious Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and at other culinary festivals and fund-raising events worldwide. In addition, he is a popular guest on such commercial TV programs as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. In October, 2004, Pépin received France’s highest civilian honor, the French Legion of Honor, at a presentation in New York. He is also the recipient of two other of the French government’s high honors: he was named a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1997 and a Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 1992. The Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary Institute (New York) since 1988, Pépin is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. He is a founder of The American Institute of Wine and Food and a member of the International Association of Cooking Professionals. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Madison, Connecticut.