Every lunchtime, Joël Robuchon and Guy Job revealed all their little secrets in the kitchen on the show Have a good meal, of course. Having become a world authority in the world of French gastronomy, the starred chef died at the age of 73 on August 6, 2018 in Geneva following pancreatic cancer. According Le FigaroJoël Robuchon fought against “a nasty cancer” and had been operated on for a tumor in the pancreas. Worthy, he had fought in the greatest discretion against the disease and had sold “its establishments to an investment fund based in England and Luxembourg“shortly before his death.
From 2017, the author of culinary books began to appear very thin at public events he attended. Forced to follow a drastic diet following blood tests having detected him “high cholesterol, blood pressure and high blood sugar” (New York Post), the chef had lost nearly 27 kilos by banishing red meat, bread, desserts and fat from his diet. He had also been followed by Nadia Volf, who specializes in acupuncture.
The funeral of the 32-star chef took place on August 17, 2018 at Saint-Pierre Cathedral in Poitiers in the presence of many international chefs. Crowned “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in 1976, he had a wife and three children: Eric (passionate about cooking like his father), Sophie with whom he hosted the Cook like a great chef, Bon appétit of course and Gourmet planet (she also owns the restaurant La Cour d’Eymet in Dordogne) and Louis Robuchon-Abe (fruit of his love with a Japanese woman) who is the manager of a wine import-export company and owner of two wine bars in Bordeaux and Japan.
During his brilliant career, Joël Robuchon had opened many restaurants around the world and had been named “chef of the century” by Gault et Millau in 1990 and Gold Medal from the Culinary Academy of France in 1972.