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The Greatest Chefs: Pierre Franey

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in 1939 New York World’s Fair, Craig Claiborne, Famous Chefs, Food, Food Blog, Henri Soule, Jacques Pepin, New York City, Pierre Franey, Roadtrips R Us, The 60 Minute Gourmet, Today in Food History | Comments Off on The Greatest Chefs: Pierre Franey

Quote for Today:  Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup  | Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly – Anonymous   On this day in history 1921, Pierre Franey was born in the Burgundy region of France.  After his apprenticeship in Paris, he jumped at the chance to come to America for the 1939 New York World’s Fair to work at the French Pavilion.   When the fair came to a close in 1940, Pierre stuck around to help open Henri Soule’s famous restaurant La Pavillon.  America entered World War II and Pierre joined the U.S. Army in 1942.  Turning down the offer to become personal chef to General Douglas MacArthur, Pierre joined the infantry in Europe and earned a Purple Heart as a Sergeant.   Returning to La Pavillon after the war, he worked his way up to Executive Chef in...

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The Greatest Chefs: Jacques Pepin

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Famous Chefs, Food, Food Blog, Howard Johnson, James Beard, Julia Child, La Potagerie, Lucien Diat, Pierre Franey, Plaza Athénée, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog | Comments Off on The Greatest Chefs: Jacques Pepin

Quote for Today: “You can’t escape the taste of the food you had as a child. In times of stress, what do you dream about? Your mother’s clam chowder. It’s security, comfort. It brings you home.”  Jacques Pepin   One of the greatest chefs the world has ever seen, Jacques Pepin, was born on this day in 1935.  As a child, his parents were restauranteurs so he was introduced to commercial kitchens and life behind the stove at an early age.  During World War II, Jacques and his brother were sent to rural areas to live during Germany’s occupation of France.  This lonely time introduced Jacques to fresh vegetables, meats, dairy products and a wide array of fruit right from the source.     After the war, the boys returned home and the family continued in the restaurant business....

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