11 February 1926: Birthday of Paul Bocuse, French chef (d. 2018) (Source)

Paul Bocuse in 2008 – photo by Jarvin – Permission GDLF (Source)

Paul Bocuse (pronounced [pɔl bokyz]; 11 February 1926 – 20 January 2018)[1] was a French chef based in Lyon who was known for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approaches to cuisine.

A student of Eugénie Brazier, he was one of the most prominent chefs associated with the nouvelle cuisine, which is less opulent and calorific than the traditional cuisine classique, and stresses the importance of fresh ingredients of the highest quality. Paul Bocuse claimed that Henri Gault first used the term, nouvelle cuisine, to describe food prepared by Bocuse and other top chefs for the maiden flight of the Concorde airliner in 1969.[2]

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