In this video from F&W’s Chefs in Conversation series, master chef Jacques Pépin explains what it takes to become a chef. For him, a true chef knows how to take a basic, simple, unremarkable dish like a hamburger or hot dog and make it into something amazing. He is a man who practices what he preaches. Here, seven of Pépin’s best and simplest dishes.
1. Jacques Pépin’s Favorite Pound Cake
The French call pound cake quatre-quarts (“four-fourths”) because it is made with equal parts flour, sugar, eggs and butter. Pépin likes to dip slices in espresso.
2. Quick-Roasted Chicken with Mustard
For this delicious, mustardy chicken, Pépin splits the chicken and cuts between the leg and shoulder joints to halve the cooking time.