Merci Beaucoup to Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou

May 3, 2018

Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou
Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou

The ASCAP Foundation is so pleased to announce that the award-winning film and television composer Didier Lean Rachou, and Lucy Lean, his acclaimed author and photographer wife, have established the Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou Award at The ASCAP Foundation.

The Lucy and Didier Lean Rachou Award, which comes with a cash prize, will be presented to a French passport holder who was accepted to and is participating in the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis. The award recipient would be someone who has the potential to make a true impact and contribution to the scoring community. In addition, Didier will nurture and encourage the recipient by providing priceless mentoring sessions to help her/him with their career.

Didier Lean Rachou is the award-winning composer of both the 16-time Emmy winning series Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush (Discovery). In 2017, Didier took home his 13th ASCAP Film and Television Music Award, not only winning the Most Performed Themes and underscore award for the 5th year in a row, but also winning the 2017 ASCAP Composers' Choice: Television Composer of the Year award.

Didier's feature film credits include Powder Blue starring Academy Award-winners Forest Whitaker and Eddie Redmayne, How To Rob A Bank starring Erika Christensen, Moving McAllister starring Mila Kunis and MGM’s Her Best Move. He has had the privilege to work with such diverse artists as Ashford & Simpson, David Johansen, McCoy Tyner, Luis Bonfa, Paquito D'Rivera and members of the Pilobolus Dance Theater, amongst many others, as a composer, producer and/or engineer.

After being selected for the prestigious ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, Didier relocated his NYC studio to a historical Hollywood Hills compound. Within months of moving to Los Angeles, he was scoring key scenes for the Golden Globe and Emmy winning series Sex and The City (HBO). In bringing his big screen sensibilities to the small screen with Storm Chasers (Discovery), Didier has defined the sound of a television genre by scoring several of the highest rated action-adventure unscripted series on cable, from Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch and Bering Sea Gold (Discovery) to the Michael Bay-produced series Billion Dollar Wreck (History).

Didier received a BA in Composition and Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and studied composition privately at The Juilliard School. He has been a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY Awards) since 2000 and a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (EMMY Awards) since 2012.

Raised in Europe and New York City, Didier is the son of world-renowned French chef Jean-Jacques Rachou (of La Côte Basquefame). He is married to author and culinary impresario Lucy Lean, great- niece of two-time Oscar winning director, David Lean. Some fun facts about Didier are that as a teen in NYC, he lived right upstairs from four-time Oscar winner Henry Mancini. During this time, he also taught guitar lessons to Julian Casablacas and Nick Valensi who went on to form The Strokes.

Lucy Lean’s life to date has been an exciting and eclectic adventure: From English farmer’s daughter to working in the British film industry, to writer, food magazine editor and American cookbook author, to innovative and respected event producer, to the most important aspect of her life - homemaker, mother of two children and supportive wife to Didier and his flourishing career.

In addition to her culinary adventures documented on her award-winning website,, 20 books on World cinema for the British Film Institute, her work at Talk Magazine in New York and editing Edible Los Angeles, her writing and photography has appeared in Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, Food and Wine Magazine, GQ, LA Weekly, The Week, Tasting Table, Zagat, and many other print and online publications.

Lucy is the author and photographer of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food, which features updated classic recipes from 100 of the most innovative and accomplished chefs working in America today. She photographed and interviewed the chefs across America, collecting recipes and taking sumptuous photographs of the dishes, chefs, and restaurants. She is currently working on a follow up cookbook Lean in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Healthy Food that showcases healthy delicious chef recipes using luxurious ingredients, as a lifestyle to inspire everyone to live better.

Lucy has expertly conceived and executed many exciting chef centric food events and she has travelled America as a Food Judge for the Gordon Ramsay Fox hit TV show Masterchef, as well as for the spin off series Masterchef Junior. She suggested Joe Bastianich during casting and drove him to his audition.

Lucy has a Master’s in film and television from the British Film Institute/University of London. Her great-uncle was the film director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter).

After college she edited 20 books on World Cinema for the British Film Instituteand Le SeptArté to complement the BFI documentary series 100 Years of Cinema and then worked in theatrical marketing at PolyGram Films. Most recently Lucy is turning back to her first love, film and television as she focuses on researching and developing a television series.