Best Craftsman of the year 1976
Chef of the Century 1990
Most-Awarded Michelin-Star Chefs
Mr. Joël Robuchon was born in Poitiers in 1945. He started his culinary career at the tender age of 15, and by the 1970’s, in Paris, had already gained a reputation as a highly accomplished but ‘rebel chef’, bucking the trends of commonplace nouvelle cuisine. Known for his unwavering pursuit of culinary excellence, Robuchon believed that there was no such thing as the perfect meal; one can always do better.
Having built up a long list of Michelin stars and accolades, at the age of 51, he shocked the culinary world, by announcing his retirement to allow him to spend time with his family and travel the world. During his journeys, he discovered Asia and developed a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and traditions. Several years later he returned to being a restaurateur, introducing a refreshing, accessible concept L’atelier, which housed the Japanese dining counter for European food, allowing sociable dining of the highest quality without the pomp and ceremony.