Joël Robuchon, Most Michelin-Decorated Chef in the World, Has Died – Eater London



Joël Robuchon, the French icon and most Michelin-decorated chef in history, is dead at 73. Robuchon died on 6 August 2018, after a long illness with cancer, Le Figaro reports.

Robuchon is credited as the most influential French chef in the era following “nouvelle cuisine”, integrating the depth and heaviness of flavours and preparations that nouvelle adopters had rejected into its philosophy of clean, simple preparations. “Cuisine moderne,” Robuchon’s signature style — using a few ingredients, prepared to express themselves most articulately — won him global acclaim and influence in equal measure.

The chef made his name at Jamin, Paris, his first independent restaurant opened in 1981. The restaurant won three Michelin stars in three consecutive years, and was frequently called the greatest in the world until Robuchon abruptly relocated to Joel Robuchon in 1994, before retiring in 1995. On his return in 2003 — in a restaurant that did not take reservations, and took global influences from Robuchon’s travels during his brief retirement. That restaurant and its subsequent brand, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, extended the chef’s portfolio across the world, including in London, where the Covent Garden restaurant under that name has held a Michelin star since it opened in 2006. His global portfolio of restaurants currently holds 32 stars across 13 countries; his New York restaurant, La Grande Maison, was the subject of harassment accusations over workplace conditions in 2015.

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