After Paul Bocuse and Joël Robuchon in 2018, another monument of French gastronomy is taking its bow.

Pierre Troisgros died Wednesday September 23 at the age of 92.

"Pierre Troisgros died at his home in Coteau (near Roanne, editor's note) at the beginning of the afternoon," Patrice Laurent, director of Maison Troisgros, where he has worked for 30 years, told AFP.

"His son Michel and his wife went there and are in shock," he added, confirming information from the regional daily Le Progrès.

"The crew has a heavy heart this evening. We learn of the death of chef Pierre Troisgros who was the traveling companion of Mr. Paul for 70 years of an extraordinary friendship", the team quickly reacted in a tweet. Paul Bocuse restaurant.

The crew have a heavy heart this evening.

We learn of the death of Chef Pierre Troisgros, who was Mr. Paul's traveling companion for 70 years of extraordinary friendship.

We send our sincere condolences to the entire Troisgros family and all of their loved ones.

- Paul Bocuse - The Gastronomic Restaurant (@PaulBocuse) September 23, 2020

Born on September 3, 1928, this man with the invariable mustache and a good-natured smile was brought up with his older brother Jean in the taste of good food by his parents, at the head of the Hôtel Moderne in Roanne, in the Loire region. (center-east).

The two brothers were trained in the best restaurants and worked to obtain a first star in 1955. The restaurant became Les Frères Troisgros, with Pierre in the kitchen, Jean as master saucier and their father Jean-Baptiste in the dining room and in the restaurant. cellar.

One of the precursors of Nouvelle Cuisine

Practicing an innovative, creative but simple and sometimes light cuisine, Pierre indulges in original combinations of flavors that foreshadow the New Cuisine, of which the Troisgros brothers will be, with Michel Guérard in particular, forerunners.

The second star was awarded to the Roanne house in 1965 and the third in 1968. 

That same year, Christian Millau qualified it as "the best restaurant in the world", which the Zagat guide also did in 2007.

When Jean suddenly died in 1983, Pierre's second son, Michel, born in 1958, joined his father in the kitchen, before taking up the torch.

He now works with his son, César, representative of the fourth generation of Troisgros, in the restaurant installed since February 2017 in Ouches, in the countryside, about ten kilometers from Roanne.

The family also opened a brasserie-grocery store in Roanne and an inn in Iguerande, in Saône-et-Loire.

With AFP

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