Here Comes the Judge (And the Chef) to The EMMYS Pasadena Edition

Published : Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 4:42 AM

Left: Judy Sheindlin / Right: Jacques Pépin

The EMMYS, to be broadcast live from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this May, will honor Judge Judy Sheindlin and chef Jacques Pépin with lifetime achievement awards.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) made the announcement March 13.

Sheindlin, who premiered as television’s “Judge Judy” in 1996, will receive the award at the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony on May 5.

“The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize both the excellence and vibrant diversity of daytime television programming,” NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp said. “Judge Judy Sheindlin epitomizes both, shaping one of the mainstay genres of our medium.”

Pepin will garner his laurel at the Daytime Creative Arts ceremony on May 3, the first culinary personality to do so.

Both ceremonies will be held in the Pasadena Convention Center, at 300 East Green Street in Pasadena.

In addition to being the number one, first-run syndicated program, “Judge Judy” is also the highest-rated court program for every season it has been on the air. The broadcast was recognized with Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding legal/courtroom program in 2013, 2016, and 2017.

A Brooklyn native, Sheindlin was appointed to the Family Court bench in 1982. She became Supervising Judge in 1986 and heard more than 20,000 cases.

During her years on the bench she earned a reputation for tough, no-nonsense jurisprudence, and established an “open court policy,” which let the public and media view the family court process.

Pépin, an internationally recognized French-born American chef, television personality, and author, has appeared on French and American television since the late 1980s and written an array of bestselling cookbooks.

In 1999, he co-starred in the PBS series “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home” alongside Julia Child. They were awarded a Daytime Emmy for outstanding hosts.

His show, “Jacques Pépin: Fast Food My Way,” based on a 2004 book of the same name, ran on PBS, which still broadcasts “Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way.”

In “Essential Pepin” (2011), Pépin brought modern touches to some of his favorite recipes from his career.

“Daytime television has been forever changed by the culinary efforts of Jacques Pépin,” said David Michaels, Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of the Daytime Emmy Awards. “Pépin’s body of work helped inspire not just millions of cooks at home, but also the myriad staples of culinary television we now see.”

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