The food columnist Jean-Pierre Coffe , known for his outspokenness and his rants against junk food, died at the age of 78 years after imposing for thirty years his colorful character on the air and on screens.
According to several media, he died in the night of Monday to Tuesday at his home in Lanneray in Eure-et-Loir in circumstances that were not disclosed.
“This is shit!”
Jean-Pierre Coffe , which had collaborated with numerous media, was still one of the chroniclers of the show by Laurent Grosses Ruquier animated heads on RTL. According to the radio, which announced his death, he continued to come every week and was still gone these last few days.
“I would so he berates me yet,” he tweeted Tuesday night Laurent Ruquier, in homage to the food critic.
shaved, his famous round and colored glasses on, this jovial willingly prided anger as his famous outings against the ham vacuum and more generally junk food.
Few media have escaped his rants pushed for thirty years both on television (he started on Canal Plus in 1984 and spent nearly ten years on France 2 alongside Michel Drucker) and radio (including RTL and France Inter with the cooking show “it is not food, it is eaten!”).
Believing that one could eat well for not dear, Jean-Pierre Coffe called consumers to “change their eating habits,” to focus on seasonal products, reconnect with the pleasure of cooking.
the moderator, who always claimed to pay the bill in restaurants because “freedom is at that price”, also signed sixty books on cooking and gardening, cookbooks.
“do not do anything, but full of good will”
in an autobiography published in May 2015, “a life of Coffe “, he spoke of his difficult childhood (rejected by his mother, placed in foster care), but also his suffering when his ex-wife had decided to abort or when he lost his daughter away by cancer at age 37. He also confided his bisexuality.
Before that, in 2013, he published “Stop eating crap” (Flammarion). In 2002, he proposed to spend “A family table with fifteen euros per day” (Plon).
“I’m all alone against the food groups that do not stop to put a spoke in the wheels, “he complained in 2005.
Still, he chained advertisements for brands. After a mission to Carrefour in the 2000s, he praised Weight Watchers yogurt. And above all, in 2009, he put his image in the service chain of discount stores Leader Price.
Critics have been numerous, but there was more to wobble man who had found his first employment through a note published in “Le Figaro” announcing: “know nothing to do but full of good will”
This allowed him to start the commercial management of a brand of paper. cigarette.
Jean-Pierre Coffe , whose father died in the war in 1940, two years after his birth in Luneville, Meurthe-et -Moselle, was raised in a mansion by his mother, a hairdresser, her grandmother cook and her grandfather gardener.
Pupil of the nation
Located in a family as a pupil of the nation, he also spent a year in the Jura countryside. But most current hens in the meadows and greens, he dreamed teenager to become an actor.
He enrolled at the Cours Simon in Paris. It also appeared in several films in the 70s and 80s ( “Violette” by Claude Chabrol, “The key to the door” of Yves Boisset …) and in TV movies.
“Triste the death of Jean-Pierre Coffe . Epicurien in sharp humor. Dent hard and soft heart,” responded the comedian Anne Roumanoff on Twitter at the announcement of his death.
“It was not crap,” added the actor and presenter Laurent Baffie.