Jacques Pepin is a renowned chef, television personality, author cum columnist. He has appeared as the host of numerous cooking shows on public television. Jacques is an internationally recognised French chef who has been worked in the USA. He is well known for his appearance as the former judge on the Bravo show Top Chef. He has written a set of cookbooks which became very popular as well as best sellers.
Jacques Pepin Early Life
Jacques Pepin was born on 18th December 1935 in Bourg-en-Bresse near Lyon in France to Jean Victor Pepin and Jeannette Pepin. His mother was a chef. Jacques parents run a restaurant named Le Pelican. He was born and brought up in France, and he lived with his parents along with his siblings.
Jean-Victor Pepin has three children, and Jacques was the 2nd son among them. At the early stage, he worked in this parent’s restaurant. He was an apprentice in a kitchen when he was o boy of 13. After completing his apprenticeship in Paris, Jacques moved to the USA. He worked as a chef in the top class restaurants of United States and later he became a research director at Howard Johnson’s.
In 1970 Jacques Pepin attended and completed his bachelor degree from Columbia University’s School of General Studies. After that, he joined the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and completed his M.A. in French literature from in 1972.
Jacques has a marital relationship with Gloria Pepin. They tied their knot in 1966. They spent a long time relationship of about more than half a century. This couple blessed with a daughter named Claudine. Gloria often appeared in several TV shows and other programs.
Jacques Pepin Career
Jacques started his professional career at a very young age. Jacques became popular for his love for food. Jacques Pepin moved to Paris at the age of 17 where he started working in several restaurants. In 1956 he joined as a chef for French Navy. Then he worked in Charles de Gaulle from 1956 to 1958.
Next year he came to the USA and joined famous Le Pavillon. Craig Claiborne, a food editor of the New York Times, introduced a new part named Pepin to Helen McCully after his arrival to the USA. In 1999 Pepin starred in Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. He appeared as a guest artist in Pauli Day.
Awards & Achievement
Jacques Pepin has won many awards in his professional career. He has a collection of 3 French awards including the highest award of French Government. In 1990 Pepin got an Emmy Award for Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. In 2004 Jacques received another great award and honour of France. He has 24 James Beard Foundation Awards in his personal collection. In 2011 Pepin got an honorary degree from Boston University, and in 2017 he received Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia University.
Net Worth of Jacques Pepin
Jacques Pepin is a famous American chef who has an estimated net worth of $25 million. Estimation of his net worth comes from his chef career as well as from his appearances on television shows. He placed himself as one of the international best chefs of the world. He is the owner of a luxurious house and lived with his wife in Madison, Connecticut.
Being a man of 81 years old Jacques has maintained his professional career and celebrity image very perfectly. He is a gentleman who never been involved in any controversy in his career as well as in his personal life. Jacques has been associated with frequent social programs and events. In his life, he has participated in philanthropic works and social welfare programs as well. He also donates personal donation to different social acts.