The culinary world has lost one of its giants today with the death of chef Joël Robuchon. After first establishing himself in the ’80s, he would go on to found what became a globe-spanning brand with his L’Atelier. It was more casual, borrowed from the Japanese omakase tradition, and served customers at a chef’s counter, once trailblazing practices that have since become ubiquitous. In his 73 years on this planet, he became, among chefs and fans of French cuisine, an icon and singular figure. Robuchon’s death has been met with an outpouring of remembrances from chefs and food-world figures.
Joël Robuchon with Masaharu Morimoto.