French Celebrity Chef Joël Robuchon Dies At 73
Famous French Celebrity Chef "Chef Of The Century", Joel Robuchon Passes Away At 73
- Joel Robuchon, a well-known French chef, and gourmet passed away at the age of 73.
- His spokesperson confirmed the chef who had the most Michelin stars died on Monday, 7th August in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The spokesperson revealed Robuchon died of pancreatic cancer.
- In 1989, Joel Robuchon was called "Chef of the Century".
French celebrity chef Joël Robuchon, who earned more than 30 Michelin stars, died at the age of 73 on Monday, 6th August in Geneva, Switzerland.
The chef, who shook up the stuffy world of French haute cuisine and has over 30 Michelin stars died of pancreatic cancer, his spokesman confirmed.
A veteran public relations professional, Lynn Yeow-De Vito and her husband, Beppe De Vito remembered the late chef as a "caring, generous and genuine friend." Mrs. De Vito said,
While (his passing) is sad, I want to celebrate his life and remember him as the man who was more than just a chef. To his team, he was 'papa' and mentor.
He protected them and wanted the best for them. His team is made up of people from all over the world who work away from home, so he always made sure that they were well taken care of.
Fellow celebrity chefs and restaurateurs expressed their sympathy on the legendary gourmet's death on social media. Gordon Ramsay, Andrew Zimmern, David Chang, and many others expressed their sorrow on Robuchon's death on social media on Monday.
Joel Robuchon 1947-2018
A very sad day for any of us in our industry and for the millions of other who were touched by this amazing man. When I was 23 I almost crapped myself being part of a team cooking him a birthday dinner in NYC. Over the years he was beyond kind to me. #sad
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) August 6, 2018
RIP Chef Joel Robuchon. You the changed the whole game. I always thought of you as the Bill Walsh of gastronomy pic.twitter.com/UFcjESKZqI
— Dave Chang (@davidchang) August 6, 2018
Born on 7 April 1945 in Poitiers, France as one of four children, he started his career in cooking since his early childhood. At the age of only 15, Robuchon became an apprentice chef at the Relais of Poitiers hotel where he started as a pastry chef. In 1989, he was called "Chef of the Century" by Gault Millau after which he started his own restaurants.
The legendary chef is survived by his wife and children, however, the complete list of his survivors has not been obtained yet.