The king died, the French cuisine chef Paul Bocuse

© AFP 2018 / Jeff PachoudФранцузский chef Paul Bocuse. Archival photoThe king died, the French cuisine chef Paul Bocuse© 2018 AFP / Jeff Pachoud

The king of French cuisine, «the Pope of gastronomy», winner of three Michelin stars, the Lyon chef Paul Bocuse passed away at the age of 91, said the ex-mayor of Lyon, and the current Minister of internal Affairs of France Gerard Collon.

«Paul Bocuse Passed Away. Gastronomy has plunged into mourning. Mr. Paul was the most France, simplicity and generosity, excellence and art of living. We left dad gastronomy. Let the chef, in Lyon and around the world, and then multiply the fruits of his passion,» wrote columns in his Twitter.

Paul Bocuse est mort, la Gastronomie est en deuil.
Monsieur Paul, C’était la France. Simplicité & générosité. Excellence & art de vivre.
Le pape des gastronomes nous quitte. Puissent nos chefs, à Lyon, comme aux quatre coins du monde longtemps cultiver les fruits de sa passion.

— Gérard Collomb (@gerardcollomb) on 20 January 2018.

Paul Bocuse was born at Collonges-AU-Mont-d’or under the Lyon in 1926. Comes from a hereditary family of cooks, which led their business from the XVII century, he studied cooking since childhood. During the Second world war went to the front as a volunteer.

After the war he returned to Lyon and got a job in the restaurant La Mère Brazier. After was a student of the famous chef Fernand Puana. In 1961 he returned to work in his father’s restaurant, who for four years had received three Michelin stars.

In the 1970-ies became one of the founders of the so-called «new cuisine», which pays special attention to the quality of food and the caloric content of food.

In 1987 he established the culinary contest «Bocuse d’or» (Bocuse d’or), which is considered the most prestigious international competition of Haute cuisine.

Bocuse was awarded the title «Best chef of France» and is the holder of the Legion of honour. The French restaurant guide Gault Millau in 1989 called Bocuse the chef of the century.