Jacques Pepin is one of America's best-known chefs. He is the author of 24 books, including a best-selling memoir, The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen. He has also hosted nine public television cooking series, the most recent of which is called More Fast Food My Way. Pepin was born in rural France and his first exposure to cooking was in his parents' restaurant, Le Pelican. He began his formal apprenticeship at the age of thirteen and went on to work in Paris as the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle. He moved to the United States in 1959 and studied at Columbia University. Pepin is a former columnist for The New York Times and now writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine. He received France's highest civilian honor, the French Legion of Honor, in 2004. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.
Question: Whom would you like to interview, and what would you ask?
Jacques Pepin: Bernard Kouchner that man would probably be the man that I would want to ask him because he’s a great hero for me. He’s a humanitarian, and he will probably have the recipe, or could have the recipe to feed the starving, and to go in areas of the world that no one has done because he knows that type of subject, and he’s been doing it for 30 years. So I will want to speak with him.
Recorded on: 09/04/2007