French master chef Joel Robuchon, who built up a global restaurant empire and elevated mashed potato into an art form, has passed away on Monday in Geneva. He was 73.
The French government announced his death. He died of cancer, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.
Often dubbed the greatest French master chef of his era, he was widely regarded for recasting French haute cuisine in a personal and inventive style.
Born in Poitiers, western France, in 1945, Robuchon rose up through apprenticeships and came into his own in the 1980s and 1990s. His first Paris restaurant, Jamin, dazzled the French culinary and earned three Michelin stars a mere three years after opening in 1981.
He ran many restaurants worldwide, including Las Vegas, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau, becoming the world’s most Michelin-starred chef with a record 32 Michelin stars in 2016.
In June, it was announced that his two restaurants at Singapore’s Resorts World Sentosa were closing down.