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Chef Jacques Pépin talks about his life in France and opportunities for immigrants in the American kitchen today

Chef Jacques Pépin talks about his life in France and opportunities for immigrants in the American kitchen today

PBS’ newest culinary edition of the “America Masters,” a series of comprehensive profiles on American culture’s most creatively notable, is about to give us a never-before-seen view into the life of Jacques Pépin, the French American chef who pioneered cooking for television alongside Julia Child on “Jacques and Julia.”

The documentary will focus on Pépin’s childhood in France, how he fell in love with America and came up in the food world — the story of how a French immigrant became one of America’s most celebrated chefs. The documentary airs Friday, May 26 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Recently I talked to Pepin by phone. This interview has been edited for length and...

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