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My View: Something Better Than Popcorn At This Screening – Jacques Pepin At Gold Coast Intl Film Festival

My View: Something Better Than Popcorn At This Screening – Jacques Pepin At Gold Coast Intl Film Festival

A dozen of Chef Pepin’s most noted recipes were prepared by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Michael Ginor at his restaurant LOLA before the screening of the new PBS American Masters documentary about the life & food of one of the world’s most famous chefs, Jacques Pepin.  It happened at The Gold Coast Int’l Film Festival last night and Festival Director Caroline Sorokoff and Regina Gil, Executive Director/Founder of the Gold Cast were on hand to present Jacques Pepin with The Gold Coast Arts Center’s Artist of Distinction Award. After the screening film producer/director Peter L. Stein, Chef Michael Aeval Ginor, and Jacques Pepin participated in a Q&A for the well fed Gold Coast Film Festival audience.  FYI That’s not popcorn in that container, it contained the raffle tickets.

Renowned Chef Jacques Pépin has released 28 cookbooks and 13 companion PBS-TV series and has received 16 James Beard Foundation Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He is a former columnist for The New York Times with countless articles also appearing in Food & Wine Magazine and is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from five American universities. Other notable awards include France’s highest civilian honor, La Légion d’Honneur(2004), the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (1997) and the Mérite Agricole (1992), the American Public Television’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and the inaugural Julia Child Award, which was presented to him at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in October, 2015. A longtime close friend of Julia Child, he starred with her in the PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, which won both an Emmy Award and a James Beard Foundation Award.  Among his many other accomplishments, Pépin served as personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle and from 1960 to 1970, he was director of research and new development for Howard Johnson’s and developed recipes for the restaurant chain.

About Michael Ginor:

Michael Aeyal Ginor is Co-founder and Chef of Hudson Valley Foie Gras. HVFG has received the 1996 Award for Excellence from the James Beard Foundation. Chef Ginor has been honored by the James Beard Foundation, has received the American Master Taster Award from the American Tasting Institute and was nominated by Food & Wine Magazine as the People’s Choice as Top Ten Chefs in New York. He has also received Food Arts Magazine’s Silver Spoon Award.  Michael and Chef Ken Oringer’s Boston restaurant La Verdad has been awarded “The Best Casual Mexican Restaurant in the U.S.” by Bon Appétit Magazine and “One of the best 100 Restaurants in the U.S.” by Food & Wine Magazine. In 2009, Michael opened Lola in Great Neck, hailed as one of Long Island’s best restaurants, receiving the top rating from the New York Times, and Newsday, and described as a “brilliant, volatile…shooting star.”

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Film Producer/Director Peter L. Stein & Jacques Pepin

Chef Michael Aeyal Ginor, Regina Gil, Caroline Sorokoff, Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin & Caroline Sorokoff, Festival Director

Peter L. Stein & Regina Gil, Founder/Executive Director

Jacques Pepin & Stephen Sorokoff

Jacques Pepin & Eda Sorokoff

LOLA Restaurant

Caroline Sorokoff

Regina Gil & Jacques Pepin

Alan Sarroff & Eileen Sarroff, Sponsors

The Gold Coast Internation Film Festival

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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