Jacques Pépin Still Thrilling Crowds

By Matt Schoch, PBS Food Senior Editor

Even amongst the hundreds of celebrities and chefs who have gathered in Aspen for the 30th Anniversary Food & Wine Classic, nobody caused a bigger stir than Jacques Pépin.

Pépin no longer takes the stage with Julia Child, but his newest sidekick knows him just as well — his daughter Claudine. Together they put on a rousing cooking demonstration of Jacques’ chicken in vinegar dish. Missing from the session was the youngest Pépin star, granddaughter Shorey, who has become a star in her own right.

Mixing equal parts food, technique and his wonderful humor, Jacques thrilled the standing room-only crowd. And while Julia was no longer at his side, her presence was felt.

Asked by the audience when to add butter, he immediately channeled Julia. “I called in to Julia. You use butter all the time.”

When Jacques was asked about whether he was still learning on the job, he responded enthusiastically.

“I learn new things all the time. If I cooked with you, I would learn.” Then he flashed a grin. “Maybe it would be what not to do. But I would learn something.”

About the Food & Wine Classic

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012 with an all-star line up including Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, and Ming Tsai leading over 80 cooking seminars and demonstrations over the course of three days. Senior Editor Matt Schoch is in attendance to bring his first-hand experience to PBS Food readers.

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