In every profession, there’s always some sort of pinnacle to reach that tells you you’ve succeeded. When it comes to chefs, the highest accolade that you can receive is a Michelin Star. And every chef across the world wants to get as many stars as they possibly can before they finally bow out.
Now, there are a number of chefs across the world that have earned Michelin Stars for their outstanding achievement in the cuisine world but none can compare to legendary Joël Robuchon. The French chef certainly set the standard for his peers and every chef wants to at least come close to his great achievement.
In case you had no idea who Joël Robuchon was and his achievements including the high number of Michelin Stars he has accumulated, you should read on to find out. Info on that, his career and even the restaurants the great chef has can be found up next.
Michelin stars are a rating system created by Michelin Guide to lead you to the best restaurants around the world. The number of stars a restaurant is given provides an indication on how good the guide believes the restaurant is.
The highest rating a restaurant can receive is three stars which in essence advises you to certainly check out the restaurant as it has exceptional cuisine. For two stars, on the other hand, it shows that there’s excellent cooking service and worth a detour.
And finally, the one star shows that the restaurant is actually a very good restaurant. So, depending on what you are looking for from a particular restaurant, you can definitely figure it out from the Michelin Guide from the ratings it has gotten.
Joël Robuchon’s Career & Achievement
Now, the chef with the most stars is Joël Robuchon with a whooping 31 stars accumulated over a long illustrious career making people happy with his cooking prowess. There’s nowhere that you can certainly begin at with this chef’s career that can dent his reputation.
The man, after all, was dubbed by the Gault Millau, a prestigious magazine, as “Chef of the Century” and this was way back in 1989. Joël Robuchon’s career can be traced back to when he was only 15 years after his parents were unable to pay for the seminary he was in, he joined the tutelage of a chef in his local town.
He joined in as an apprentice and the rest can now be termed as history with his first cooking competition happening a year after. Some 12 years later, the now chef was a head chef at the Harmony-Lafayette, a restaurant in Paris.
Three years on, the restaurant had already achieved all three stars, a feat never seen before anywhere on the globe.
Joël Robuchon’s Life
Joël was born in 1945 in Poitiers, France where he also grew up before leaving to pursue his dream. He married his wife Janine in 1966 and remained married until his death in 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. Through his life he also managed to write a number of books including the following.
- 2008 – The Complete Rochubon
- 2001 – La Cuisine de Joel
- 2016 – My Best
- 2014 – The French Regional Food
- 2014 – Food and Life
Joël Robuchon’s Restaurants
The line of restaurants owned by the famous chef, also known as L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurants, are some of the finest restaurants in the world. Here are some of them across the world and the Michelin Star each one has received over the years – in no particular order.
1. Monaco – Restaurant de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin Stars)
2. Monaco – Yoshi (1 Michelin Star)
3. Bangkok – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (1 Michelin star)
4. Macau – Robuchon au Dôme (3 Michelin stars)
5. Bordeaux – La Grande Maison de Joël Robuchon
6. Paris – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars)
7. Paris – La Table de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars)
8.New York City – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (2 Michelin stars)
9. Las Vegas – Joël Robuchon (3 stars)
10. Las Vegas – L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (1 star)
11. New York City – Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (1 Michelin star)
It will cost you approximately $425 per person to eat at any of the restaurants owned by this amazing chef in the U.S.
Robuchon has certainly left his mark on the world of fine dining. He may no longer be cooking at his restaurants, but it looks like the chefs took over are following in his footsteps to keep the stars shining.