The most celebrated French chef and preeminent restauranteur Paul Bocuse has passed away at 91 on Saturday. He was the leading personality in the pathbreaking culinary evolution referred as nouvelle cuisine.
French interior minister Gerard Collom announced his death on Twitter writing, "Paul Bocuse is dead, gastronomy is in mourning".
Paul Bocuse est mort, la Gastronomie est en deuil.
Monsieur Paul, c’était la France. Simplicité & générosité. Excellence & art de vivre.
Le pape des gastronomes nous quitte. Puissent nos chefs, à Lyon, comme aux quatre coins du monde, longtemps cultiver les fruits de sa passion. pic.twitter.com/XI0ozzzGJK
— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) January 20, 2018
His family released a statement about his death which read:
Much more than a father and a husband, he is a man of heart, a spiritual father, an emblematic figure of world gastronomy, and a tri-colored standard bearer.
Bocuse was found dead in his home at Collonges-au-Mont-d'or where he was born. He also has several restaurants restaurant worth more than $60 million in that city.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who called Bocuse the epitome of French cuisine, paid tribute to the chef releasing a statement that read, "French gastronomy loses a mythical figure," Macron said. "The chefs cry in their kitchens, at the Elysee (presidential palace) and everywhere in France."
Paul Bocuse n’est plus là. Les chefs pleurent dans leur cuisine, à l’Élysée et partout en France. La gastronomie française continuera à le rendre fier. https://t.co/gm7M9ztBua
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 20, 2018
Bocuse is the pioneer of nouvelle cuisine and gained him widespread recognition in the 1960s. His dishes were highly preferred even by the king, queen, and president.
Bocuse was named the ' chef of the century' by The Culinary Institute of America and the French restaurant guide Gault et Millau.