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Legendary French chef Joel Robuchon has died, aged 73, from cancer.

The chef with the most Michelin stars in the world owned restaurants, in cities such as Paris, London, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Tokyo, bringing the grand total Michelin Guide stars to 32.

‘To describe Joel Robuchon as a cook is a bit like calling Pablo Picasso a painter, Luciano Pavarotti a singer, Frederic Chopin a pianist,’ Patricia Wells, a cook and food writer, wrote in ‘L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon,’ a book about the chef and his students.

‘Joel Robuchon will undoubtedly go down as the artist who most influenced the 20th-century world of cuisine.’