Epcot chef Paul Bocuse dies at 91

Lawrence Kim
January 21, 2018

Bocuse's son, Jerome Bocuse, manages the Les Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul restaurants at Epcot, hiring chefs from the Bocuse restaurant family. Simplicity and generosity. Excellence and art of living.

Paul Bocuse, known as the "pope" of French Gastronomy, died this morning at one of his famous restaurants in Lyon.

The master chef from France, who defined the French cuisine for nearly half a century, Paul Bocuse has said goodbye to the world. He was at the forefront of the Nouvelle Cuisine revolution, sweeping away the rich and heavy sauces of the past in favor of fresh ingredients and sleek aesthetics that favored good health.

The heart of his empire was L'Auberge de Collonges au Mont D'Or, his father's village inn just north of Lyon. The restaurant has held on to its star status for the past 50 years.

He started as a cooking apprentice at the age of 11.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, describing him as the "incarnation of French cuisine".

"His name alone summed up French gastronomy in its generosity, its respect for tradition but also its inventiveness", Macron said.

The French president announced: "French gastronomy loses a mythical figure". He also trained generations of French and foreign chefs, letting them in on the secrets of his culinary genius.

"Chefs weep in their kitchens at the Elysée Palace and everywhere else in France".

High profile Spanish-American chef José Andrés was among those to pay tribute to Bocuse on Twitter, saying: "The angels will have a feast today".

Another celebrity French chef, Alain Ducasse, said: "He has been a leader".

Bocuse is credited with defining French cuisine for more than half a century and raising the profile of top chefs from invisible kitchen artists to global celebrities.

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