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.