Gordon Ramsay’s mentor and Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon has passed away

By Marni Dixit August 7, 2018
Joel Robuchon

He famously threw a plate at Ramsay in frustration while teaching him.

Famous chef Joël Robuchon, who mentored Gordon Ramsay, has passed away aged 73 following a battle with cancer according to a spokeswoman.

Mr Robuchon, who was famous for holding more Michelin stars than any other chef, reportedly died in Geneva

He was known for his innovation and playfulness in the kitchen and was named cook of the century in 1990. His restaurants can be found in Paris, Tokyo, Las Vegas and New York City. 

Cook and food writer Patricia Wells wrote in L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a book about the chef and his students:

“To describe Joel Robuchon as a cook is a bit like calling Pablo Picasso a painter, Luciano Pavarotti a singer, Frederic Chopin a pianist.”

“Joel Robuchon will undoubtedly go down as the artist who most influenced the 20th century world of cuisine.”

Mr Robuchon is also famous for once throwing a plate at Gordon Ramsay in frustration, telling The Telegraph in 2003:

“I remember it was a dish of langoustine ravioli… He hadn’t made it properly. I told him so and Gordon reacted in a very arrogant manner.”

Gordon took to Instagram to write a tribute to his old friend, he said:

“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.”

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The chef retired at the age of 51 in 1996, at the time he told AP:

“You have to know when it’s time to quit.”

“A great chef has to be in great shape. Cooking is tough. It’s like being an athlete who has to stay really fit.”

Many believe this is when his career really took off. In 2003, he opened the Atelier in Paris and Tokyo and then brought them to cities in Asia, Europe and the US, which earned him many more Michelin stars.

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