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Memorial for chef with 32 Michelin stars

LanguedocLiving, Aug 17

A two hour memorial took place on Friday for chef Joel Robuchon, a top chef who died nearly two weeks ago.

Robuchon was the world’s most starred Michelin chef, and mentor to Gordon Ramsey.

His funeral had already taken place in a private setting with his family.

Opera singer Catherine Trottmann performed at the memorial, and former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin delivered a eulogy.

Renowned chefs, including Alain Ducasse, Michel Guerard, Guy Savoy and Andre Dutournier, attended in their chef's whites, along with chefs from across the world.

"Joel Robuchon was the essence of the great universal chef," said fellow chef Guerard. "He was also symbol of working with your hands, of artisanal work."

At the height of his career, his restaurants boasted a record 32 Michelin stars, and even at the time of his death he still had 24 stars.

He revolutionised fine dining across three continents with their open kitchens allowing customers to observe chefs in action.

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