Image courtesy of The French Pastry School at Kennedy-King College
Jacquy Pfeiffer is an accomplished pastry chef with an impressive resume. He received the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook: Dessert and Baking for The Art of French Pastry and he is the co-founder of The French Pastry School at Kennedy-King College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

To honor his 40+ years in the industry and all his accomplishments, the French government is awarding Pfeiffer with the Legion of Honor – the country’s highest civilian decoration.

“For some people it’s bragging rights. For me it’s just an enormous honor and very proud to have received this,” Pfeiffer says.

The award has a long and distinguished history, dating back to its creation by Napolean Bonaparte. It is separated into five categories: Chevalier (knight), officer, grand officer, commander, and grand cross. Jacquy Pfeiffer will receive the title of chevalier. 67 people have been named grand cross, 314 have been named grand officer, 3,009 have been named commanders, 17,032 have been named officers, 74,384 have been named chevaliers.

Pfeiffer joins his fellow French Pastry School co-founder, Sébastien Canonne, as a chevalier. Their school was started 22 years ago and since that time has graduated more than 2,000 students.