Originally Posted by Kayelle
I sure agree with the the first two sentences Spork, but I'm scratching my head at the rest. Can you explain further?
I like Chef Pepin, whom you rarely see nowadays on the Food Network and are more likely to see sometimes on a PBS channel. I like him because he offers
to his tv audience, whereas most of the celebrity chefs on tv today, I think, force
us to accept. But, I don't know anything about him.
He has a daughter. I don't know much about her either. When Mario Batali started at the Food Network, he had a good show cooking two or three Italian dishes for 3 guest diners. One of Batali's schticks was to highlight the rustic nature of Italian cooking by insulting French cooking as fussy and pretentious. She was once a guest on his show. When he made his comment that Italian mothers carve up their root vegetables assertively upright, without cutting board, into irregular pieces, unlike a French mother who slouches into a board to meticulously cut one into a perfect football tourne, she interrupted him, "Wait just a second! My mother is French, and she doesn't cook like that!" It flustered Mario; I don't recall whether he apologized, probably not.
I don't know anything about Jacques Pepin, haven't read his biography. I've seen a few tv episodes with him and Julia Childs. But, my sense of him is re-affirmed by the character of his daughter, who on national tv, calls out a celebrity for his offensive schtick and defends her mother.