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OG Jacques Pépin Celebrates 80 Years With 80 Cakes

Check out some of the stunning cakes created in his honor.

The legend.
The legend.
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Legendary chef, TV personality, and cookbook author Jacques Pépin turns 80 this year. To celebrate his entry into octogenarianism, the International Association of Culinary Professionals honored Pépin at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. yesterday with a staggering 80 birthday cakes.

Big names in attendance included Daniel Boulud, José Andrés, Jacques Torres, Michael Laiskonis, and a host of other chefs and industry folks. Pépin, who recently suffered a minor stroke, was not in attendance ("doctor's orders," he said in a tweet) but did speak to the crowd via video link. Following the event all the cakes were auctioned off, with proceeds going to support the IACP's philanthropic foundation.

Laughing and celebrating legendary Jacques Pepin with friends @chefjoseandres @sarasmoulton @mlaiskonis #80thBirthday

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The crowd toasts to Pépin:

Spago pastry chef Della Gossett contributed this cake:

From San Francisco pastry chef Ian Farrell:

Overachiever Sherry Yard contributed an epic 80-layer Dobos Torte:

Baltimore's Charm City Cakes made a mini version of Pépin on the set of his upcoming PBS show:

From The Inn at Little Washington chef Patrick O'Connell:

So. Many. Cakes:

@iacppix so many beautiful cakes for Jacques Pepins 80 Birthday Cakes Celebration tonight #IACP15 #jacquespepin #80cakes

A photo posted by Christy Majors (@christymajors) on

From Martha Stewart's test kitchen crew:

An amazing chocolate stove sculpture by chocolatier Jacques Torres:

From D.C.-based Paisley Fig Bakery:

There was even a cake version of Pépin's upcoming cookbook:

Here's to many more, Chef Pépin.

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