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Food & Drinks

World’s most Michelin-starred chef, Joel Robuchon, dies aged 73

French master chef crowned one of the cooks of the century in 1990 was known for his constant innovation

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 August, 2018, 6:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 August, 2018, 8:05pm

Joël Robuchon, the world’s most-starred Michelin chef, who tore down kitchen walls to give diners new insights into the art of haute cuisine, has died at 73, a French government spokesman said on Monday.

Robuchon, who was hailed as one of four “chefs of the century” by the Gault Millau industry bible in 1990, founded a string of restaurants that revolutionised fine dining across three continents, ratcheting up a whopping 31 Michelin stars.

From Tokyo to Paris and Macau, foodies queue up for seats in his L’Atelier restaurants, where they can watch chefs in action, perched on high stools at a U-shaped bar.

According to Le Figaro newspaper he died of cancer in the Swiss city of Geneva.

His death was confirmed by government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in a tweet.

“Joel Robuchon, a visionary chef who was the most starred in the world, leaves us today.

“From Paris to Shanghai, his savoir-faire was an art form that made French gastronomy shine and continues to inspire the next generation of chefs,” Griveaux wrote.

Robuchon was known for his constant innovation and even playfulness in the kitchen – a revelation to the hidebound world of French cuisine.