Happy 80th Birthday, Chef Jacques Pépin!

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Happy 80th Birthday, Jacques Pépin!
Happy 80th Birthday, Jacques Pépin! (Wendy Goodfriend)

Today is officially chef Jacques Pépin's 80th birthday. Numerous tributes have taken place throughout the year to acknowledge this milestone. At the annual IACP conference in March, celebrity chefs and food professionals celebrated his entry into octogenarianism by baking 80 cakes in his honor.

To help celebrate this special occasion, Tina Salter, Series Producer of Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul, gathered together some of Jacques’ fellow chefs and closest friends to create a Happy Birthday video. Not satisfied with just sending good wishes however, the celebrity chefs and colleagues sing Jacques’ praises, remembering the skills and techniques he taught them as well as the guidance and support he so generously offered over the years. Watch as Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud and many others wish Jacques Pépin Bon Anniversaire!

Watch a preview for Jacques Pepin's 80th Birthday Celebration. Chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes with Jacques. The program airs on KQED 9 Saturday, Dec 26 at 2:00pm and again in early January.


Here is a bit of visual history from Jacques Pépin's life...

Jacques Pépin's final television series, Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul is currently airing on KQED and other PBS stations. Here are behind-the-scenes photos from the production process on set and in the back kitchen at the KQED studios.

All photos by Wendy Goodfriend