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Digest Joël Robuchon, The Celebrity Chef With The Most Michelin Stars, Passed Away at 73

Joël Robuchon, The Celebrity Chef With The Most Michelin Stars, Passed Away at 73

Joël Robuchon, The Celebrity Chef With The Most Michelin Stars, Passed Away at 73
By Tien Chew
August 07, 2018
One of the most recognisable and respected names in the world of cooking passed away yesterday on August 6, 2018. This chef extraordinaire has achieved so much in the culinary world that restaurants bearing his name currently operate at 12 major cities around the world. We take a look at some of the highlights of his life in this tribute piece to one of the greats.
Photo: Courtesy of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong
Photo: Courtesy of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong

Joël Robuchon is one of the world's most iconic figures when it comes to food and has recently passed away at the age of 73 due to cancer, according to the BBC.

Throughout his career, he has built a respected and proud culinary empire, amassed 28 Michelin stars at his restaurants worldwide, hosted a successful French cooking show to debunk the myths of fine dining, served as Gordon Ramsay's mentor, and earned many awards and honorifics, chief among was the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsmen of France) in the field of culinary arts when he was at the age of 31 in 1976.

Pomme purée | Photo: Courtesy of Joël Robuchon USA
Pomme purée | Photo: Courtesy of Joël Robuchon USA

It may be difficult to believe but Robuchon's rise to Michelin stardom began with the help of his mastery of mashed potatoes, or pomme purée in French. His desire to showcase how delicious a simple dish could be is a key characteristic of his cooking style, utilising the highest quality ingredients through top notch cooking skills to create excellence.

This dish helped him earned his Michelin credentials at his first restaurant, Jamin in Paris, in 1981, where he won a star every year consecutively for three years in a row.

Photo: Courtesy of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok
Photo: Courtesy of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Bangkok

A fascination with Japanese and Spanish cuisines led him to create a brand new dining experience under the name L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, first opening in Paris in 2003 and quickly blossoming to other major international cities around the world such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Shanghai, to name a few.

Robuchon used to have restaurants in Singapore but has since closed down this year.

Photo: Courtesy of  L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong
Photo: Courtesy of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon Hong Kong

His success in teaching and operating an army of talented culinary staff across the globe can be attributed to his worldwide presence in 12 cities, where his atelier embraces the colours black and red in lieu of the traditional white and gold found in French gastronomy.

The way the kitchen at his Atelier is designed is also meant to put his chefs and food front and centre when it comes to the dining experience, challenging and shifting the perception of what luxury French restaurants can bring to the international stage. 

Photo: Courtesy of Joël Robuchon USA
Photo: Courtesy of Joël Robuchon USA

With the recent passing of Anthony Bourdain and another French culinary legend, Paul Bocuse, 2018 has seen some unfortunate deaths of cooking icons respected the world over.

Rest in peace monsieur Robuchon and merci beaucoup.

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