Chef Joël Robuchon has died aged 73

Iconic chef Joël Robuchon died this week. The news was announced on Monday August 6. He was 73 and had for a long time been ill with cancer.

Robuchon was hailed the ‘chef of the century’ by the French Gault et Millau cooking guide in 1990, and at the time of his death held 32 Michelin stars across 13 countries.

Robuchon trained the likes of Michael Caines and Gordon Ramsay

Robuchon, a chef who many feel is France’s most influential chef following the ‘nouvelle cuisine’ era, helped found ‘cuisine modern’, which called for fewer ingredients and a championing of exceptional produce used skilfully and sparingly.

His mashed potato remains globally famous. It uses a 1:2 butter ratio and became one of his signature creations.

Robuchon made his name at Jamin – where Gordon Ramsay, to whom he was a mentor, began his professional career – in Paris. He opened the restaurant in 1981 and it soon earned awards. This week, hundreds of chefs paid tribute.

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