Three Michelin-starred chef and legend Pierre Troisgros has died

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Editor 23rd September 2020

Three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Troisgros has passed away, aged 92.

One of the pioneers of modern gastronomy, along with his brother Jean, Pierre turned La Maison Troisgros into the insitution that brought us the famous 'Salmon and Sorrel' dish - turning a new corner by breaking the mould of traditional French cuisine. 

Born on September 3rd 1928, Pierre joined the restaurant, set in L'Hôtel Moderne in Roanne, in the 1950s, working with his father Jean-Baptiste and his brother. The family business earned a Michelin star in 1955, a second in 1965, and a third in 1968. 

Jean died suddenly in 1983, at which point Pierre's son, Michel, joined him in the kitchen. Michel and his son César now run the business, which moved to a remove location outside of Roanne in 2017. The restaurant featured in the Netflix series Chef's Table in 2018. 

In a statement given to AFP, A person close to the family said: "Pierre Troisgros has died in his home near Coteau. His son Michel and his wife are now on location, and in a state of disbelief."

The team at Paul Bocuse's two Michelin-starred restaurant - another French culinary legend, who sadly passed away two years ago, aged 91 - Tweeted their condolences, saying "the team has a heavy heart tonight as we heard the news that chef Pierre Troisgros passed away, having been a companion and an exemplary friend of Paul's for 70 years.

"We extend our condolences to the whole Troisgros family as well as to his loved ones." 

Gwendal Poullenec, Michelin's international director, also issued a statement, in which he said: "The Michelin Guide inspectors and I have just learned with great sadness of the passing of Pierre Troisgros at the age of 92.

"An emblematic figure of the great French cuisine, Pierre Troigros was one of those chefs whose name has become an international reference in gastronomy.

"A precursor of Nouvelle Cuisine, Pierre Troigros took over the reins of the family establishment in Roanne in 1954 with his brother Jean. The restaurant has shone for 52 years with three stars in the MICHELIN Guide.

"Within this house, Pierre embodied the transmission and innovation that has always permeated the kitchens of the establishment.

My most sincere and affectionate thoughts go out to the teams and to the family of Pierre Troisgros, especially his son Michel and grandsons César and Léo who, at the head of the restaurant, are now working to cultivate an incredibly rich heritage".

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 23rd September 2020

Three Michelin-starred chef and legend Pierre Troisgros has died