The legendary French chef Jacques Pépin — most known for his PBS cooking show — has touched down in San Francisco on a whirlwind press journey. SF is not new territory for Monsieur Pépin (KQED produces his cooking shows), but this time he’s here to promote his new chicken-bedecked cookware line at Sur La Table, accompanied by a chicken-and-legumes cookbook (which, by the way, is his 29th cookbook). Pépin is a modern-day renaissance man — in addition to being a world-renowned chef who cooked for the French president for four years, he also has a master’s in French Literature from Columbia University, and he casually sells his original artwork on the side.
That artwork is what’s featured on his earthy, stone cookware line, which stood in as the background for a Facebook Live chat this morning with Eater SF. Check out the video below to hear what Pépin’s up to while he’s in town (hint: eating at the Russian Hill restaurant of a fellow Frenchman), what’s next for him, and what he considers his proudest accomplishment.