Jacques Pepin Gets the Best Birthday Surprise Ever: Puppies!

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It’s a big year for legendary chef Jacques Pepin, with the launch of a new TV show and cookbook, but he’s also about to celebrate his 80th birthday! On Tuesday, Rachael Ray is throwing a surprise party for Jacques, with the entire hour devoted to celebrating him through his favorite foods, favorite chefs, and more.

Jacques thinks he’s just at the show to make a fondue recipe from his new book, but Rachael reveals they’re really dedicating the whole show to a party, and two of Jacques’ friends, chefs Ming Tsai and Jacques Torres, are joining the fun.

Rachael, Jacques and Ming serve up dishes inspired by Jacques’ favorites – including eggs with caviar, drunken spaghetti, and French onion soup.

Another one of Jacques’ favorite things? Puppies! His final surprise was a visit from some adorable puppies from North Shore Animal League America.

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