Chef Jacques Pépin, 79, well-known as one of TV’s first chef personalities, is recovering at his home in Connecticut after suffering a minor stroke on Sunday. Pépin canceled his appearance at the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals conference in Washington D.C. on Friday, but is otherwise expected to return to his normal schedule, according to The Associated Press.
“Oh my god, he made soup this morning,” Pépin’s daughter told the Associated Press. “I will do my best to lighten the load, but he's not of the mind to cancel anything. Honestly, he wanted to go to IACP. He's like, `I'm talking. I can walk. Let's go.'"
Pépin got his start on TV on Cooking in Concert: Julia Child & Jacques Pépin, as well as Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, which aired on PBS in 1995, and from 1999 to 2000. Now, 15 years later, Pépin will end his career as a TV chef personality with his final show, premiering this fall, Jacques Pépin: Heart & Soul, which will celebrate his culinary journey, favorite recipes, and feature a special dinner for his 80th birthday. The show will be accompanied by a cookbook release.