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Aloha ‘oe Chef Joël Robuchon

“The older I get, the more I realize the truth is: the simpler the food, the more exceptional it can be… I never try to marry more than three flavors in one dish. I like walking into a kitchen and knowing that the dishes are identifiable and the ingredients within them easy to detect.”
~  Chef Joël Robuchon

French Chef Joël Robuchon, one of the greatest chefs in the world — owning 32 Michelin Guide stars to his name, has just passed away yesterday in Geneva at 74

What’s most notable about his approach to cooking is using a minimal amount of ingredients, while extracting as much flavor from them as possible. Take for instance his famous Potato Purée, one of his classics, consists of only four ingredients: special potatoes from France, lots of butter, milk and salt. Yet he was all about developing each component through a labor-intensive method of drying the potatoes, gradually introducing chilled butter and boiling milk. The result is an elevated dish far beyond expectation. And that’s just for starters! 

In an interview with Business Insider in 2014, Chef Robuchon said, “The older I get, the more I realize the truth is: the simpler the food, the more exceptional it can be.” Continuing, “I never try to marry more than three flavors in one dish. I like walking into a kitchen and knowing that the dishes are identifiable and the ingredients within them easy to detect.” Read the entire news story about the passing of Chef Robuchon here

With that, upon sharing comments on a FB friend’s post yesterday about the passing of Chef Robuchon, Chef James Aptakin, former Executive Chef of Turtle Bay Resort and Hilton Waikiki Beach, private messaged me this video of Master Sushi Chef Yumi Chiba of Shizuoka, Japan. Her approach reflects and exemplifies that of Chef Robuchon, turning something seemingly so simple as eggs, a set of fresh seafood and rice and elevating it above and beyond:

This gal demonstrates how to make Chef Robuchon’s Potato Puree:

Time Magazine tribute to Chef Robuchon:

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One thought on “Aloha ‘oe Chef Joël Robuchon

  • August 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm
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    An excellent movie on a female sushi chef is East Side Sushi. (2014). Won numerous awards.

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