Here is the KQED press release:
Jacques Pépin’s Final Cooking Series Begins Production
Produced by KQED, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul will be his most personal television series. Pépin reflects on his 60 years in the kitchen with never-before-seen footage, and introduces new recipes and techniques with family and friends.
Series culminates with Pépin’s 80th birthday special featuring Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai.
September 10, 2014, San Francisco, CA - KQED announces production on Jacques Pépin’s final cooking series will begin on October 8 at its San Francisco studios. Like his previous series, Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul will feature Pépin teaching the skills necessary for success in the kitchen, sharing favorite recipes and demonstrating the timeless cooking techniques that make him a master. But it will also reveal more about Pépin to viewers than ever before. Pépin will reflect back to his earlier days in the kitchen and in front of the camera with never-before-seen footage from Pépin at home and favorite clips from his earlier series. The 26-episode series is set to broadcast on PBS stations in fall of 2015. A companion cookbook will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2015. KQED will be producing a mobile-friendly website (kqed.org/pepinheartandsoul) for the series which will feature recipes, clips and full episodes.
The production slate includes a PBS pledge special commemorating Pépin’s 80th birthday that will be produced in front of a live audience at Farallon Restaurant. This program will feature a celebratory feast prepared for Pépin by guest chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai and will premiere in December 2015.
Each episode of Heart & Soul will feature creative recipes that combine Pépin’s culinary history and travel experiences with his expert teaching skill. Viewers will see simple dishes for the novice and more involved creations for the seasoned cook along with frugal tips. On occasion, family and friends are invited to cook alongside Pépin or join him in the dining room. Heart & Soul also highlights his passion for using the best provisions for meals, whether it is through tending his garden, foraging in the woods behind his home or on the nearby beach. Viewers will hear Pépin reminisce on these times as well as on his friendships with Julia Child and other chefs, and also recall the little ‘problems’ that have occurred during recordings in the studio.
“The opportunity to reflect on my time in the kitchen and in front of the camera is such a gratifying experience for me,” said Pépin, “I am able to share new recipes with viewers while also sharing special moments of my life — and I get to have my family and friends join me for this wonderful experience. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity and to be collaborating with my long-time production partner, KQED, on Heart & Soul.”
“We are thrilled to be producing Jacques’ final television series” says Michael Isip, KQED’s chief content officer and series executive producer, “KQED has been Jacques’ television home for a quarter century and we’re honored to have produced 14 series with him, providing a national platform for Jacques to teach the art of cooking. Heart & Soul is the perfect culmination of our work because Jacques’ career has been all about sharing his love of food and family.”
Heart & Soul will highlight Pépin’s 60 years in the kitchen which include his apprenticeship as a 13-year-old, cooking in some of Paris’ most revered establishments such as Meurice and Plaza Athenée and cooking for French President Charles DeGaulle. It will also touch on a key period of Pépin’s life when he crossed the Atlantic and entered the kitchens of New York at Le Pavillon, and his 10 years as director of research at Howard Johnson’s.
Jacques Pépin is the host of Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul. Tina Salter is the series producer, Paul Swenson is the director and Michael Isip is the executive producer and chief content officer. Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul is produced by KQED and distributed by American Public Television (APT).
Heart & Soul is made possible by the generous support of KitchenAid, OXO, Vine Connections (La Posta Wines, Crios by Susana Balbo Wines,Vina Casa Silva), Bertolli Olive Oil, and Riedel Crystal.
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