Tributes flood in for Joel Robuchon

Tributes have flowed in from across the world for Joel Robuchon, the celebrated and much-loved chef whose death at the age of 73 was announced on Monday, August 6.

Widely recognised as one of the best chefs, his restaurants held a total of 28 Michelin stars across 13 countries.

Joel Robuchon
Joël Robuchon, Christophe Cussac & Patrick Mesiano at the inauguration of the Chocolate Bar. Photo: Hotel Metropole

In Monaco, he was best-known for his 2-star restaurant at the Hotel Metropole.

On his website, the restaurant is described as “a gourmet reference in Monaco.”

“Joël Robuchon inaugurated in July 2004 his first restaurant in the Principality in a stage set designed by Jacques Garcia. He entrusted the direction to one of his faithful disciples, Christophe Cussac. The experience is of course culinary but also visual thanks to the concept but also to the fantastic terrace view of Monte Carlo. A Mediterranean cuisine with Joël Robuchon’s note,” his website says.

In addition to Monaco, the “chef of the century,” as he was described by the Gault Millau guide in 1990, Robuchon had restaurants in Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Macao, Montreal, New York, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

Robuchon reached his peak at the same time as the much-derided nouvelle cuisine, but he himself believed in a more traditional French approach, with less emphasis on presentation and minimalism, adding to his popularity.