The World’s Best Chefs Are Paying Respects to France’s Culinary “Pope” Paul Bocuse

More than 1,500 chefs from all over the world, as well as fans of French cuisine are expected to fly into Lyon, France on Friday to honor renowned chef Paul Bocuse, who died last Saturday. He was 91.

Bocuse, best known as “Monsieur Paul”, is considered as the “pope” of French cuisine and is credited as one of the pioneers of the Nouvelle Cuisine revolution in the 1970s.

Among the superstar chefs expected to fly in are Alain Ducasse, Bocuse’s “spiritual son; Thomas Keller; Daniel Boulud; as well as Hiroyuki Hiramatsu, the head of Bocuse brasseries in Japan. The Troisgros brothers, Anne-Sophie Pic and Yannick Alleno are also attending the funeral.

Bocuse’s casket will be carried by cooks wearing their chef whites.

Over the years, Bocuse built a massive culinary empire, but the heart of his success is his father’s village inn near Lyon, the L’Auberge de Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, which has maintained its three Michelin stars since 1965. Bocuse was born in the room above the restaurant, and also passed away in the same one.

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