French chef Joël Robuchon dies
Revered French chef Joël Robuchon, who at one point held the most Michelin stars in the world, has died at the age of 73.
According to French newspaper Le Figaro, Robuchon died from cancer on 6 August, a year after receiving treatment for a pancreatic tumour.
He was named “chef of the century” by French restaurant guide Gault Millau in 1989 and at one point held a total 32 Michelin stars across his international portfolio of restaurants. His current portfolio of 13 restaurants holds a total of 24 Michelin stars.
Michelin released a statement offering its condolences to the family, friends and associates of the chef.
“He made his mark in the history of gastronomy and shone the spotlight on French cuisine and culinary art on all continents. From Paris to Tokyo, as in New York, he displayed his signature style and unique know-how,” the statement said.
Jean-Dominique Senard, president of the Michelin group, described Robuchon as a “unique man” and an “extraordinary chef who revolutionized French cuisine”.
“Through his talent and creativity, he has contributed to the highest degree to restore gastronomy to its nobility and elevate it to the status of a recognized art,” he says.
“From his restaurant Jamin, famous around the world, and through his Ateliers de Joël Robuchon, he became a true entrepreneur at the head of a gastronomic group which he has spread worldwide.”
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