Culinary greats honor late French master chef Joel Robuchon
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, among them scores of chefs and students of the culinary arts from around the world, gathered Friday to pay their respects to one of the masters of French cuisine, the late French chef Joel Robuchon.
The chefs, many wearing white uniforms but some clad in black, paid homage to Robuchon at a ceremony in Poitiers, the western French town where he was born just before the end of World War II. He died of cancer on Aug. 6 at 73.
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the death of master French chef Joel Robuchon (all times local):
Alain Ducasse says French cuisine has maintained an international reputation for greatness due in part to fellow chef and "colleague" Joel Robuchon.
Ducasse was seen by some as a rival to Robuchon, whose death at age 73 was announced Monday. He succeeded Robuchon at a chic Paris eatery located at 59 avenue Raymond Poincare in 1996.
NEW YORK (AP) — In the new documentary "The Quest of Alain Ducasse," the esteemed French chef steps off a small plane in the middle of the Gobi desert in Mongolia. As he stands pondering the vast emptiness, a motorcycle suddenly appears, as if out of nowhere, carrying two men. The bemused chef chuckles: "There are customers everywhere."
Brand diplomacy: in Louvre, France hones soft power strategy
PARIS (AP) — As empires fall, brands rise.
No longer buoyed by Napoleonic empire-making and the power the French language once commanded, the French have honed new ways to exert cultural influence in a rapidly-changing, globalized world: brand diplomacy.