Michelin Star French Chef Joel Robuchon Dies

Michelin Star French Chef Joel Robuchon Dies

French celebrity chef Joël Robuchon has passed away at the age of 73, his spokeswoman confirmed to CNN Monday.

Robuchon owned and ran restaurants on three continents and was the world's most Michelin-starred chef, according to his website and his spokeswoman.

Robuchon, who had been suffering with cancer, died in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday morning, according to CNN and the BBC.

Named the "Chef of the Century" in 1989, Robuchon operated a dozen restaurants across three continents. The chef owned restaurants in cities across the world including Paris, Monaco, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Tokyo, and Bangkok.

One of his best-known recipes was for mashed potatoes. At one point during his career he won 31 stars -- more than any other chef.

But cooking was not Robuchon's first and only love, as he apparently once considered entering the priesthood before taking on an apprenticeship and turning his hand to gastronomy.

He first made a name for himself at his Paris restaurant, Jamin, in the early 1980s, and went on to mentor the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Éric Ripert.

By 1987, he had become "Chef of the Year" in France, and two years later he was awarded a rare "Chef of the Century" title by Michelin's rival restaurant guide, Gault Millau.

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