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Jacques back to being Jacques. The best teaching chef in TV history
on April 29, 2012
Julia Child and Jacques Pepin have done more for the home chef than any other duo in history. Jacques continues his quest in teaching the world how to properly cook food and have fun doing it.
What bothers me with many tv chefs nowadays, is that they haven't even gone to culinary school! To see some using canned items and pre made sauces makes me sick. Jacques still teaches and is considered an icon in teaching proper cooking skills and he continues to give people inside tips that some chefs pay thousands to learn.
I have to be honest; I really didn't enjoy the fast food my way series. It was fun to watch him cook but I just didn't enjoy the food he made. In this series he goes back to creating incredible meals showing us that with proper techniques and practice, we too can attempt these at home.
In this video he teaches us how to make basic recipes that can be used in so many ways. Items such as how to make proper pastry cream and how to use meringue for different types of desserts are shown. He also shows us how to cook proper fish and seafood recipes and the importance of a good stock and how to create it. His love for meat is obvious and his hearty recipes for beef tongue, lamb, and beef are so good it's hard not to cook these recipes on the spot.
His petit choux (cream puff) recipe is still the best I've ever seen and I now make it all the time and teach others to do the same. He shows people how to make a baked alaskan with ease and no one does a souffle' like Jacques. The way he makes bread is also explained and even though his is so beyond talented, he teaches us in a way that we are not intimidated and the recipe is easy to follow and try.
The reason Julia and Jacques were so much fun to watch, is they didnt' take themselves too seriously and they inspired us to want to try what they were cooking. They usually had no recipes and just went on what they had as well as their mood and feel for the food. They would not allow us to make excuses, and they've taught generations how to make amazing food in the home setting. This video goes back to the days of showing us how to cook all types of foods with simple techniques that everyone can enjoy.
Even though he's cooked for heads of state, presidents, and prime ministers, Jacques still has the common's man's touch and humbleness to inspire us and make us smile while doing it. Also included are guest appearances from his grand daughter Shorey and his daughter Claudine (who still can't cook) a few of his chef friends as well as his childhood friend Claude who maybe has lost a step, but still has his dry whit and humor.
With the food network pretty much becoming all fluff and no stuff, with some pretty awful cooking at times; Essential Pepin is a glass of ice cold water in a barren desert. Julia Child once called him the best chef in the world. I wholeheartedly agree.