Chef Paul Bocuse, considered by many to be the "pope" of French cuisine, passed away over the weekend at the age of 91. His culinary influence has been felt and most importantly, tasted, around the world, with his restaurant empire stretching from Lyon to Epcot. Many of today's food icons, like Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsay, and Andrew Zimmern, were all influenced by his contributions to the culinary world.
Following Bocuse's passing, the culinary community came together for an outpouring of love for the legendary chef on social media, with many sharing how Bocuse affected their own lives.
Saddened by the passing of Paul Bocuse, one of my first mentors. He was an amazing chef who showed the world great French Cuisine. He will be missed.— Emeril Lagasse (@Emeril) January 20, 2018
The popular New Orleans chef paid tribute to one of his first mentors on Twitter, noting Bocuse's impact on showcasing French cuisine to the world.
The world looks a little dimmer today. We lost one of the greats with the passing of Paul Bocuse, a vital link to our culinary heritage and the man who inspired me in 1975 to dedicate my life to what has been my great passion. My first visit to his restaurant changed my life— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) January 20, 2018
Andrew Zimmern credited his choice to pursue his culinary passion to Paul Bocuse. If it weren't for Chef Bocuse's influence, Bizarre Foods may not exist today.
Chef Paul Bocuse changed our lives and the lives of millions. He set the example for chefs and restauranteurs. He helped us understand the importance of evolution, teaching, mentoring, sharing, and building meaningful relationships. Join me in celebrating his exemplary life. pic.twitter.com/e38ye2tuUP— Thomas Keller (@Chef_Keller) January 20, 2018
Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller credited Chef Bocuse with setting the gold standard for chefs to follow in the industry today, and asked for people to join him "in celebrating his exemplary life."
The familiar face as Today Show's weather anchor and former Food Network host gave his thoughts on Chef Bocuse, saying that he was "honored to have met him."
Chef Wolfgang Puck, who once called Bocuse the "god of cooking," thanked the culinary titan for his "friendship," "leadership," and "dedication" that can be exemplified through all those who knew him.
Today's biggest global celebrity chef honored Bocuse, one of the original major chef names worldwide, on Instagram. He called it a "sad day" for chefs around the world, recognizing the impact that Bocuse had not just on French cuisine, but on chefs and culinary talent everywhere.