American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft

American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

American Master's "America's First Foodie" series continues with a look at Chef Jacques Pépin, followed by Alice Waters.

American Masters offers us a closer look into the life of Chef Jacques Pépin (b. December 18, 1935), in Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft. Pépin, a young immigrant with movie-star looks, a charming Gallic accent, and a mastery of cooking and teaching so breathtaking he became an early food icon—joined James Beard and Julia Child among the handful of Americans who transformed the way the country views the food world. Not content cooking in French palaces, where he was the personal chef to three French presidents including Charles de Gaulle, Pépin’s American journey took him through the kitchens of Howard Johnson’s, bringing his commitment to great taste, craftsmanship and technique to American popular food. With his landmark cookbooks and television shows, he ushered in a new era in American food culture – a story that continues to unfold. American Masters – Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft airs Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

After Jacques Pépin stay tuned for American Masters: Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution airs Friday, May 26 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Follow Alice Waters (b. April 28, 1944) through a year of seasonal shopping and cooking, and discover both the recipes and vision of an artist and an advocate. She and her now-famous restaurant Chez Panisse became a major force behind the way Americans eat and think about food, launching the explosion of local farmers’ markets and redesigned supermarket produce departments. Distressed by the food she saw in public schools, Waters started an organic garden with an integrated curriculum at the Martin Luther King Middle School near her house, an idea inspired by The Garden Project at the San Francisco county jail. The idea of an Edible Schoolyard has now spread across the U.S. – and inspired similar programs worldwide. She is an activist with a flawless palette who has taken her gift for food and turned it into consciousness about the environment and nutrition, and a device for social change.