Died at the age of 73, Joël Robuchon left its mark the history of French gastronomy. In effect, this chef with 32 stars had an outstanding career. And this, whether as a cook or as an animator. Discover through these few lines the highlights of his life and the illness that killed him.
A journey worthy of the greatest chefs
Born April 7, 1945, Joël Robuchon was among the greatest leaders. As a child, he wanted to become a priest. So, at only twelve years old, he joined the Minor Seminary of Mauléon, in Deux-Sèvres. It was there that he fell in love with cooking.
By helping the nuns of the establishment to prepare the meals, he developed a penchant for gastronomy. He thus finds his way and undertakes to become a cook. To gain experience, he follows training at the Relais de Poitiers. There, chef Robert Auton trained him and at the age of 21, he became a Companion of the tour de France of united duties.
His career as a chef started in 1974. Very quickly, he begins to take down stars. The first two, he obtained them in 1978. The third, he obtained it in 1984. In 1990, by Gault & Millau elected Joël Robuchon, best chef of the century.
A consecration for the chef who has gone through all the trials before experiencing success. Unfortunately, a tragic event will push him to abandon the restoration a few years later. The premature disappearance of his friends, Jacques Pic, Jean Troisgros and Alain Chapel.
Wanting get away from pressure and stresshe turns his back on the kitchen and decides to live simply. He moved to Spain and discovered a new culture there. This new way of life inspired him with the concept of the Atelier. A system allowing cooks to create a more direct link with customers.
“The idea came to me in the tapas bars whose friendliness I appreciate. I was looking for a formula where something could happen between the customers and the cooks, ”he explained during an interview with Obs.
Joël Robuchon: his television shows
Joël Robuchon’s passion and talent allowed him to collaborate with several large companies. The Fleury Michon group requested it through the Reflet de France brand and the Ariake group. Note that what made the starred chef even more famous were his television shows.
Indeed, animating them allowed him togain greater notoriety. For information, Joël Robuchon began by animating “Cook like a great chef” in 1996. Then, from 2000 to 2009, he was at the helm of ” Have a good meal, of course “. A show that was a great success and recorded incredible audiences.
For the chef, television has been a means of transmitting his passion and his experience. He, who was someone who communicated very little, was able share his love for cooking thanks to it.
Joël Robuchon: a complicated end of life
August 6, 2018 is a dark date for the universe of French gastronomy. Joël Robuchon, one of its greatest chefs, passed away at the age of 73. He fought for a long time against pancreatic cancer before finally succumbing.
It must be said that the end of the chef’s life was not easy. In addition to his tumor, he kept losing weight. Whenever he attended events, the public was always amazed to see him lose weight more and more.
In fact, the chef was forced to follow a strict diet. “High cholesterol, blood pressure and high blood sugar” were the cause. He could not eat red meat, bread and fat.
By leaving forever, the 32-star chef left behind a wife and three children. Like their father, gastronomy fascinated them. Moreover, his daughter Sophie had co-hosted the shows with him. “Cook like a great chef”, ” Have a good meal, of course “ and “Foodie Planet”.