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French Meets Southwest in the Premiere of ‘Jacques Pépin Cooks for Eight’
Filmed Before a Live Audience in Eight, Arizona PBS Studios

PPHOENIX…May 22, 2012…It’s the recipe for an unforgettable culinary treat: Mix two longtime friends and world-class chefs, hands-on teachers, cookbook authors and television hosts – Jacques Pépin and Barbara Pool Fenzl. Add devoted fans and taping of a live cooking show where chefs and audience share in the fun. And voilà! Eight, Arizona PBS premieres Jacques Pépin Cooks for Eight on Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

The new, two-hour cooking special invites viewers to share a sumptuous evening with the celebrated French chef and Arizona’s own widely regarded culinary talent. Join them in the Eight Kitchen as they prepare recipes combining vibrant Southwestern ingredients with classic French cooking techniques. Recipes prepared by the duo on-air include Crab Cakes with Avocado Salsa, Poblano Chile and Smoked Salmon Toasts, and a Double Chocolate, Ancho Chile and Almond Tart, to name just a few.

Pépin is world-renowned as a chef and host of popular cooking programs on public television, and as a respected instructor, author and artist. He was awarded the highest civilian decoration in France and has served as personal chef to French heads of state. Born near Lyon, his first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents' restaurant, Le Pelican. Pépin recently was honored at a special dinner during the 4th Annual New York City Wine & Food Festival; watch this tribute video to see his on-air antics with famous chef Julia Child.

Fenzl is a major figure on the American culinary stage. Her first love is teaching, but she is also a cookbook author, magazine writer and television personality. In 1983, Fenzl founded Les Gourmettes Cooking School in Phoenix. She also teaches at schools throughout the U.S. and Mexico and has taught for 10 years in southwestern France. In 1999, Fenzl hosted a 13-week PBS television series,Savor the Southwest, produced by Eight and distributed nationally by APT.

Cooking enthusiasts also can follow Pépin’s Valley of the Sun adventure via his “Celebrity Takeover” of Eight’s Facebook page at Happy cooking!

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Photos: Eight, Arizona PBS


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