Chefs in the City 2011 is full of flavor, sparkle and inspiration. WOSU Public Media hosts this annual one-of-a-kind televised culinary event featuring live cooking demonstrations and an eight-course tasting dinner. Many of Columbus’ best chefs plus a celebrity chef share their skills on camera while proceeds benefit children’s educational programming on WOSU TV.
This event is so well regarded that in previous years chefs Ming Tsai, Joanne Weir and Rick Bayless headlined the evening. This year the legendary Jacques Pépin is the celebrity chef.
For those of you who are not yet familiar with Jacques Pépin, he is nothing short of extraordinary.
He is the Godfather of cooking, master of classic French cuisine and a pioneer of food television (with Julia Child).
With over 60 years of experience, 26 books and 12 television series—Jacques Pépin has influenced generations of chefs and home cooks. His prestige is cemented with a James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the French Legion of Honor, Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de L’Ordre du Mérite Agricole. As if that is not enough, Jacques Pépin continues to teach and inspire as Founder of the American Institute of Wine and Food, Dean of Special Programs at The French Culinary Institute and columnist for Food & Wine.
Tonight we bask in the flawless knife skills, charming comments and culinary teachings of Jacques Pépin.
WOSU Public Media certainly puts on an impressive show. To view it yourself, tune in on April 30 at 1pm on WOSU TV or May 1 at 4pm on WOSU PLUS.
Next—my interview with Jacques Pépin. Learn why he is loyal to PBS, how he feels about the future of cooking in America and where he dines when he is not in his own kitchen.
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