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The World Reacts to the Death of Joël Robuchon

August 06,2018 18:17

Chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers from across the world have begun to pay tribute to Robuchon, led by Gordon Ramsay, who began his professional cooking career under the French icon at Jamin. He called his one-time mentor “The Godfather of Michelin ...

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Joël Robuchon, the most decorated chef in the history of Michelin, has diedROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty
Legendary French chef Joël Robuchon has died at the age of 73, following a long battle with cancer.
Robuchon, named “chef of the century” by French restaurant guide Gault Millau in 1989, was the most decorated in Michelin history. At one time his international portfolio held 32 Michelin stars, and according to a statement from Michelin, his restaurants currently have 24 stars across 10 cities. He was the mentor to a host of celebrated chefs and an icon in the eyes of many others.
Robuchon opened his first restaurant, Jamin, in Paris in 1981. In its first three years, the restaurant earned three Michelin stars, the French dining guide’s highest honor. In 1994, Robuchon opened the first restaurant to bear his name: Joël Robuchon restaurant, also in Paris. He would go on to expand his brand globally with L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurants on three continents.
The restaurants were acclaimed for Robuchon’s signature “cuisine moderne,” which highlighted individual ingredients. His butter-rich pommes purée, in particular, became a celebrated and much-replicated dish.
There are 26 Robuchon restaurants open today, 11 of them L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurants. And although Robuchon closed both his restaurants in Singapore this year, he wasn’t done adding new restaurants to his portfolio. At the time of his death, there were more in the works, including three restaurants in Miami’s design district.
Chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers from across the world have begun to pay tribute to Robuchon, led by Gordon Ramsay, who began his professional cooking career under the French icon at Jamin. He called his one-time mentor “The Godfather of Michelin.”

We’ve Lost The God Father of Michelin the most decorated Chef in the World, he kept all of us on our toes ! Even when we were sleeping ! Merci Chef, God Bless
A post shared by Gordon Ramsay (@gordongram) on Aug 6, 2018 at 4:00am PDT

In the U.S., chef and TV star Andrew Zimmern tweeted that it was a “very sad day” for the industry, calling Robuchon an “amazing man.”
Anne Sophie-Pic, once the only female chef in France to hold three Michelin stars, called the Robuchon a “legend of French gastronomy.”

Après Paul Bocuse, un autre père fondateur de la gastronomie française disparaît cette année. Jour de tristesse immense, puisque c’est un peu de notre histoire qui nous quitte avec ce grand visionnaire … Une étoile de plus brille désormais au firmament des grands Chefs. ..... After Paul Bocuse, another legend of French gastronomy disappears today, a day of immense sadness. We miss a lot this great visionary, who was a part of our history ... He shines now in the firmament of the great Chiefs. @joel.robuchon #RIP #robuchon #joelrobuchon #gastronomiefrancaise #legende #3etoiles #lesgrandestablesdumonde #grandchef #guidemichelin Crédit photo @stephanedebourgies
A post shared by Anne-Sophie Pic (@annesophiepic) on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:45am PDT

French newspaper Le Figaro, which broke the story, called Robuchon a “visionary” who broke all the rules of haute cuisine.

⚫ Le grand chef français Joël #Robuchon, étoilé 27 fois, vient nous quitter à l'âge de 73 ans. Visionnaire, il a bouleversé a tout jamais les codes de la haute cuisine. Crédits : Marie Etchegoyen / M6 #RIP #food #chef
A post shared by Le Figaro (@lefigarofr) on Aug 6, 2018 at 2:30am PDT

Patissiere and chocolatier Pierre Marcoli mourned the loss of his friend.

Mon ami Joël est parti… Grande tristesse…⠀ ⠀ #JoelRobuchon #Mentor #GrandChef #Infinimenttriste #GrandHomme #Robuchon #Exceptionnel #Adieu
A post shared by Pierre Marcolini (@pierremarcolini) on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:33am PDT

London chef Ashley Palmer-Watts counted himself lucky to have cooked alongside the chef.

What a great Chef, lucky to have cooked a private Dinner alongside Chef Robuchon a few years back #RIP
A post shared by Ashley Palmer-Watts (APWchef) (@ashleypalmerwatts) on Aug 6, 2018 at 4:24am PDT

LA-based cook, author, and TV star Simon Majumdar called it “another sad loss for the culinary world.”
New York restaurateur Danny Meyer thanked Robuchon for his “profound inspiration.”
Fellow empire-builder David Chang thought of Robuchon as the “Bill Walsh of gastronomy.”

RIP Chef Joel Robuchon. You the changed the whole game in every way possible. I always thought of you as the Bill Walsh of gastronomy #legend
A post shared by Dave Chang (@davidchang) on Aug 6, 2018 at 6:39am PDT

Albert Adrià’s Tickets restaurant in Barcelona, whose menu features a dish named after Robuchon, posted a photo of the Tarta Robuchon, calling him “one of the major figures” whom both Albert and El Bulli’s Ferran Adrià referenced.

Tarta Robuchon. Con esta tarta le quisimos homenajear en vida y en este día tan triste también..... se va uno de los grandes referentes de Albert y Ferran Adrià, Adiós maestro! #joelrobuchon
A post shared by Tickets Bar (@ticketsbar) on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:05am PDT

Chocolatier and pâtissier Jean Paul Hevin said he owed all of his success to Robuchon, offering his condolences to the chef’s family.

Grâce à Joël Robuchon, j’ai passé tous mes concours y compris celui de Meilleur Ouvrier de France Pâtissier 1986. Avec Joël, l’exigence était une valeur. Je ne vous ai jamais assez remercié, merci cher Monsieur. Mes condoléances à votre famille. #joelrobuchon
A post shared by Maison Jean-Paul Hévin (@jeanpaul_hevin) on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:37am PDT

Juan Mari Arzak, of Arzak in San Sebastian, said that Robuchon was and would remain a global reference point for all chefs.

Bon voyage Chef Robouchon !! Fuiste y seguirás siendo un chef de referencia mundial #chef #merci #gracias #joelrobuchon #rip #amitié
A post shared by Restaurante Arzak (@arzakrestaurant) on Aug 6, 2018 at 6:05am PDT

The Guardian restaurant critic Jay Rayner remarked that Robuchon forever changed mashed potatoes.
French chefs Claude Bosi and Dominique Crenn thanked Robuchon for his contributions to French gastronomy.

can’t believe it’s happened again We have lost a other legend of french gastronomy..!! RIP Mr Robuchon and thank you for what you have given us and have done for the gastronomy Francaise #kingofgastronomy #willneverforgetyou
A post shared by Claude Bosi (@claudebosi1) on Aug 6, 2018 at 5:16am PDT

Eric Ripert hailed his mentor as the “ultra gifted King of all Chefs.”
This post will be updated throughout the day as the food world continues to pay tribute to Robuchon.

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