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Jacques Pépin Foundation Awards $125,000

The JPF supports culinary education for people from all walks of life, following Jacques Pépin’s passion for cooking and teaching. The JPF’s mission is realized, in part, by giving grants to important local culinary training programs nationwide. Congratulations to JPF Summer 2023 Grant Awardees.

Missy Terrell, recipient of the 2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant

2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant Announced

It is our great pleasure to announce that Melissa (Missy) Terrell, an alumna of Community Kitchen Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, is the recipient of the 2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant, an annual $5,000 award to an outstanding female graduate of a JPF-funded organization.

Andrew Zimmern, Jacques Pépin, Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud at the JPF 6th Anniversary Gala

The JPF’s 6th Annual Gala – Celebrating Our Cause and Community

On April 13, 2023, The Lighthouse in New York City played host to an unforgettable event celebrating the important work of the JPF. The fresh new venue, aglow in the Manhattan sunset, accommodated a larger audience of long-time supporters and new JPF Members gathered together in support of our mission to improve lives through culinary training.

Rollie Wesen by Eric Vitale Photography

Coffee and Conversation with the Executive Director

On February 17 and February 24, 2023, JPF Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine Members attended Coffee with the Executive Director, Zoom conversations with Rollie Wesen to review 2022 projects and discuss upcoming goals for 2023.

JPF 5th Anniversary Gala

Jacques Pépin Foundation 6th Anniversary Celebration Scheduled for April 13, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the JPF’s 6th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, April 13, 2023 in an exciting new venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. We have a stellar line-up of culinary talent preparing a sensational gala dinner, including Maneet Chauhan, Ming Tsai, Esther Choi, Alon Shaya, Ayesha Nurdjaja, and a festive dessert reception with Natasha Pickowicz and Caroline Schiff.

Jacques Pépin at Community Servings

Jacques Visits Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, MA

Jacques joined students, staff, and alumni at JPF grantee Community Servings in Jamaica Plain, MA in early December to share his expertise with a hands-on cooking lesson. The class focused on vegetable techniques, classic French sauces, and concluded with a book signing of The Apprentice.

Cook with Jacques Pépin & Friends: Volume 4

Volume 4 of “Cook with Jacques Pépin & Friends” launched on Giving Tuesday

The JPF released “Cook with Jacques Pépin & Friends: Volume 4” on Giving Tuesday (November 29, 2022). What started as a pandemic pivot to enrich lives and strengthen communities through culinary education has grown into a recurring series. This Video Recipe Book is available to all members of the JPF and membership starts at just $40 per year.

October Membership Drive

Annual Membership Drive

Longtime friends and Jacques Pépin Foundation Champion Partners Daniel and Katherine Boulud and Ming and Polly Tsai have deliciously joined forces with JPF elite members Susan and Glenn from Park City, UT, Maria and Joe from Seattle, WA, and a devoted couple who love to cook for each other in NYC to support JPF membership.

Our Next Event

JPF 7th Annual Celebration

Our 7th Annual Celebration will take place on April 4, 2024 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York City. Watch for event details and ticket information coming soon. In the meantime, check out the recap of this year’s gala, the JPF 6th Anniversary Gala.

  • When

    April 4, 2024

  • Where

    The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York City