|Jacques Pépin Celebrates!: Biographies|
Jacques Pépin, Co-Host
Pépin is world renowned as the host of his acclaimed and popular cooking programs on public television, and as a prolific author, respected instructor and gifted artist. Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France, Pépin began his culinary career in his parents' restaurant, Le Pelican. He graduated to formal training at the Grand Hotel de l'Europe, and Paris restaurants Meurice and Plaza-Athenee. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin served as personal chef to French heads of state Felix Gaillard, Pierre Pfimlin and Charles de Gaulle.
In 1959, Pépin moved to the United States, where, for 10 years, he served as director of research of new development at the Howard Johnson Company -- a career move that enabled him to learn about marketing, mass production and food chemistry, as well as American tastes. Later, he devoted his attention to writing, authoring the acclaimed La Technique and La Methode, two books that together present the principles of culinary technique and artistry. These works, among others, have earned him a place in the James Beard Foundations Cookbook Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed each year on an author whose contributions to the literature of food have had a substantial and enduring impact on the American kitchen.
The James Beard Foundation has given its award—the food industry's highest recognition -- to Pépin and KQED for Today's Gourmet (Outstanding Culinary Video, 1994), Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine (Best National Cooking Segment, 1997) and Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine (Best National Television Cooking Show, 1999).
Pépin is dean of special programs at the French Culinary Institute (New York) and an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. He also serves as a restaurant consultant and is contributing editor for "Food & Wine." Pépin is a founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food, a trustee of The James Beard Foundation and a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. He is a popular guest on such television programs as "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Today Show", and is invited frequently to participate in demonstrations, fundraising events and culinary festivals around the world, including the prestigious Aspen Food & Wine Classic.
Pépin lives with his wife Gloria in Madison, Connecticut.
Claudine Pépin, Co-Host
Claudine has appeared with her father in both and Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Cooking with Claudine (Best National Cooking Segment, 1997) and Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine (Best National Television Cooking Show, 1999). With an undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy, and graduate work in international relations from Boston University, Claudine is currently working with The Food Network's Live appearing nationally, as well as being the "Prestige Ambassador" for Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon Champagne in New York. Claudine has also taught food and wine pairing for both the French Culinary Institute and the Sommelier Society in New York.
Peggy Lee Scott, Producer
Scott is the producer of Jacques Pépin's Kitchen, a national series on public television. She won a 1994 James Beard Award for Best Culinary Video, a 1997 James Beard Award for Best Television Cooking Show segment and a 1999 James Beard Award for Best Television Cooking Show. She has worked in broadcast news, public affairs, investigative journalism, documentaries, live broadcast musical concerts and also produced Mollie Katzen's Cooking Show for public television. She produced and directed an independent feature, A Special Providence, which won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. She co-directed A Holocaust Family Album (Daughters Productions, San Francisco) and in 1991 was television program producer for the Sixth International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco. She lives with her daughter in Berkeley, California, where she runs Blue Plate Special Productions.
Katherine Zilavy, Coordinating Producer
Zilavy has worked on three previous productions with Jacques Pépin, as well as cooking shows hosted by Martin Yan, Michael Chiarello and Mollie Katzen. Her other credits include several productions for MTV, feature films (The Mummy, Scream, George of the Jungle and Finding Graceland), commercials (for clients such as Honda, Estee Lauder, Nike and Buick) and a weekly animated series for the Web.
Jennie Cecil, Associate Producer
Jennie started her career as a translator and culinary aide at the Ritz-Escoffier School of French Gastronomy in Paris. Her combined interests in television and cuisine led her to KQED where she began as a production intern on Season by Season with Michael Chiarello. Shortly after the show's conclusion, she was invited to be the associate producer and sommelier on Jacques Pépin Celebrates! Cecil is currently working on KQED's local series Bay Window series and its national documentary The Nobel: Visions of Our Century.
Sue Ellen McCann, Senior Executive Producer
McCann has been in television production for 16 years. McCann's previous experience working on national PBS productions includes Frontline documentaries at the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Digital Divide episode "Fair Play," a documentary that examined the role computers play in widening social gaps throughout our society, and the national Bill Moyers companion program on death and dying, With Eyes Open. McCann has also extended her work into new digital formats including web sites, CD-ROMs and touch screen kiosks. Presently, McCann also serves as senior executive producer for Bay Window and This Week in Northern California, all locally produced by KQED, and Springboard -- Exploring the Digital Age, a national science, technology and culture series on PBS via KQED.
Danny McGuire, Executive Producer
McGuire is a versatile program-maker with 25 years of experience in both public and commercial television, and independent filmmaking. He has nearly 200 programs and series to his credit and more than 30 television and film awards, including Emmys and an Oscar nomination. Most notable among his national credits are documentary specials such as Code Rush, The Men Who Sailed The Liberty Ships, The Spirit of Allensworth, and Cadillac Desert; performance programs such as Ode To Phaedra, Blue Suede Shoes, Bernard Malamud's The First Seven Years, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Sensible Thing; and information series, Tomorrow/Today, Kaliedoscope!, Computer Chronicles, Uncommon Knowledge and Silicon Valley Report. Prior to joining KQED, McGuire worked as a producer, director and executive producer for various television stations and production companies, including KMPH Visalia; Pappas Teleproductions Fresno; WPBY West Virginia; ABC-TV Los Angeles and San Francisco; Spirit Productions San Francisco; and KTEH San Jose.