Saturday, January 20, the renowned chef expired at age 91.
"His name alone epitomized Franch gastronomy through his generosity, his respect for traditions as well a his inventiveness," remarks French president, Emmanuel Macron.
At 91 years of age, the "pope of French gastronomy" let out his last breath in his sleep at his famous Auberge de Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or near Lyon. He suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years.
Elected "Cuisinier du siècle" in 1989 by Gault & Millau, and "Chef of the Century" in 2011 by the Culinary Institute of America, he became a national and international icon. For more than fifty years his restaurant in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or has boasted three Michelin stars.
The Union des Métiers et des Industries de l’Hôtellerie has declared that "Culinary professionals have lost their spiritual father, but will continue to pay homage to him by following his precepts: prioritizing the product and the chef's savoir-faire. French cuisine, is M. Paul."
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