Joël Robuchon (7 April 1945 – 6 August 2018) was a French chef and restaurateur. He was named “Chef of the Century” by the guide Gault Millau in 1989, and awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (France’s best worker) in cuisine in 1976. He published several cookbooks, two of which have been translated into English, chaired the committee for the Larousse Gastronomique, and hosted culinary television shows in France. He operated more than a dozen restaurants across Bangkok, Bordeaux, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Macau, Monaco, Montreal, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and New York City. His restaurants have been acclaimed, and in 2016 he held 32 Michelin Guide stars among them, the most any restaurateur has ever held.
Robuchon has been the most influential French chef of the post-nouvelle cuisine era. Since the mid-1980s, he has been called the primus inter pares of Paris’ three star chefs for his work both at Jamin and at his eponymous restaurant.
Robuchon has been known for the relentless perfectionism of his cuisine; he said there is no such thing as the perfect meal – one can always do better. He was instrumental in leading French cuisine forward from the excessive reductionism of nouvelle cuisine toward a post-modern amalgam of the nouvelle, international influences – especially Japanese cuisine – and even select traditions of haute cuisine. In particular, his style of cooking was often seen as celebrating the intrinsic qualities of the best, seasonal ingredients (dubbed “cuisine actuelle” by Patricia Wells in her book, “Simply French”). Drawing his inspiration firstly from the simplicity of Japanese cuisine, he led the way in creating a more delicate style respectful of natural food ingredients.
Al in all – 32 stars in Guide Michelin
- Dubai – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
- Hong Kong – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (3 Michelin stars), Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
- Macau – Robuchon au Dôme (3 Michelin stars)
- Shanghai – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
- Taipei – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin star), Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon
- Tokyo – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), La Table de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), Le Chateau de Joël Robuchon (3 Michelin stars)
- Bordeaux – La Grande Maison de Joël Robuchon
- London – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (1 Michelin star), La Cuisine de Joël Robuchon (1 Michelin star)
- Monaco – Restaurant de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), Yoshi (1 Michelin star)
- Paris – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), La Table de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars)
- North America
- Las Vegas – Joël Robuchon, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
- New York City – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars), Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (1 Michelin star)
Past locations: Bangkok, Montreal.