|Marcel Pépin - deceased|
|Introduction:||Marcel never appeared on screen.|
Teacher and mentor to Lorna, Marcel was responsible for her love of cooking and strict kitchen discipline. His death impacted on her profoundly.
Name: Marcel Pépin, M.O.F. (17 March 1941- 6 June 2006)
First appearance: Marcel never appeared on screen.
Marcel Pépin was Lorna's cooking instructor and dear friend. He was a decorated chef--recipient of the prestigious title Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F.) or Master Craftsman of France and the recipient of Chevalier du Mérite Agricole (Agricultural Merit Knighthood). He was a member of numerous prestigious culinary organizations, including the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and the Société Culinaire Philanthropique.
Born in Milau, France, he began his cooking career at 13 as a chef's apprentice. He polished his craft in some of the most famed restaurants in the country before moving to New York in his mid-thirties and opening his first restaurant--Jardin. Over the next 15 years, he opened three more restaurants (Montagne (Chicago), La Plage (Miami), and Belle Urbain (L.A.) and settled in Los Angeles. At the advice of his doctor, he stepped down from day to day managing of his kitchens but quickly opened his LA restaurant to private classes. Among his students was a 12-year-old Lorna Dane, enrolled by her mother in order to get the girl to eat properly and to give her something to do with herself.
For seven years thereafter, even when Marcel returned to running his restaurants, he gave Lorna private lessons. He taught her French as well as cooking, resulting in her sometimes uneven understanding of the language. As a special favor to Lorna, he assisted in the catering for Nathan and Moira's wedding.
His death in June 2006 as a result of a heart attack was unexpected. He is survived by three ex-wives and several children.
- Lorna's ringtone for Marcel is Les Poissons from Disney's The Little Mermaid because she has no sense of propriety.