By Tim Carman January 20
Chef Paul Bocuse poses outside his famed Michelin three-star restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges in Collonges-au-Mont-d’or, France, in 2011. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)
Paul Bocuse, a preeminent French restaurateur who became one of the first celebrity chefs, popularized the nouvelle cuisine movement of lighter and seasonal fare and created an international cooking contest dubbed the culinary Olympics, died Jan. 20 in Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, outside Lyon. He was 91.
French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb announced the death. Mr. Bocuse (pronounced boh-KYOOZ) underwent triple-heart bypass surgery in 2005 and had Parkinson’s disease.
The chef made his name in greater Lyon, an area once known for its “meres,” or mothers, who were widely respected in the early 20th century for their homestyle bistros or bouchons.