French celebrity chef Joel Robuchon, who owned and ran gourmet three-star Michelin restaurants on three continents, has died aged 73.
Le Figaro newspaper reported that Robuchon died from cancer on Monday in Switzerland, more than a year after being treated for a pancreatic tumor.
He was named the "Chef of the Century" in 1989 by the prestigious restaurant guide Gault Millau and ran a dozen restaurants across Asia, the US, and Europe.
Throughout his career, he was awarded a record-breaking 32 stars.
Robuchon was renowned for keeping his dishes simple, often using just three or four ingredients. He also moved away from the excesses of French nouvelle cuisine.