Joël Robuchon, a French celebrity chef who earned more than 30 Michelin stars and creating the world's best mashed potato, has died at the age of 73 on Monday, August 6, in Geneva, Switzerland, multiple sources have confirmed.
As for the cause of death, Joel, who was also a restaurateur hailed as the “Chef of the Century”, passed away after battling pancreatic cancer.
He owned and ran restaurants on three continents, including locations of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London, Paris, New York City, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Joel, who reportedly was the world’s most Michelin-starred chef, also mentored Gordon Ramsay and Éric Ripert, appeared on the American reality show Top Chef, and hosted various French cooking TV shows.
In the wake of Joel's passing, fellow celebrity chefs and restauranteur owners took to social media to pay tributes to the late chef.
Posting a photo with Joel on Instagram, Ramsay captioned the post, "We’ve lost the godfather 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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Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern, meanwhile, tweeted, “A very sad day for any of us in our industry and for the millions of other who were touched by this amazing man. Over the years he was beyond kind to me.”
Joel Robuchon 1947-2018
A very sad day for any of us in our industry and for the millions of other who were touched by this amazing man. When I was 23 I almost crapped myself being part of a team cooking him a birthday dinner in NYC. Over the years he was beyond kind to me. #sad
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) August 6, 2018
Additionally, Ugly Delicious host and Momofuku chef David Chang shared a tweet writing, "RIP Chef Joël Robuchon. You the changed the whole game."
RIP Chef Joel Robuchon. You the changed the whole game. I always thought of you as the Bill Walsh of gastronomy pic.twitter.com/UFcjESKZqI
— Dave Chang (@davidchang) August 6, 2018
Rest In Peace Joel Robuchon!