Gordon Ramsay has paid an emotional tribute to celebrated chef Joël Robuchon after he died at the age of 73.
The French culinary superstar, dubbed the ‘chef of the century’ was awarded the most Michelin stars in history – a record breaking 31 across the course of his career.
He died after a long battle with cancer at his home in the Swiss city of Geneva.
He was Ramsay’s mentor and tutored him in Paris. The British chef is said to be the only person Robuchon has ever hurled a plate at.
Ramsay, himself the proud owner of 16 Michelin stars, took to Twitter to pay to tribute to his idol.
He wrote: "We’ve Lost The God Father of Michelin the most decorated Chef in the World, he kept all of us on our toes!
"Even when we were sleeping ! Merci Chef, God Bless you’ll be missed."
Talking to the Telegraph in 2013 the Frenchman remembered working with a young Gordon Ramsay and the infamous plate throwing incident.
"I remember it was a dish of langoustine ravioli," he said.
"He hadn’t made it properly. I told him so and Gordon reacted in a very arrogant manner.
"Although he was very talented, his attitude had always been… difficult.
"At the end of every service, he used to fling his pan down on the stove and threaten to resign because I was so demanding.
"This time, it really got on my nerves and so I threw a plate at him.”
In his biography Humble Pie, Ramsay said that working for Robuchon was like working for the SAS and made Marco Pierre White look like a ‘pussycat’.
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Robuchon was crowned ‘chef of the century’ by the Gault et Millau cooking guide in 1990.
He ran restaurants all over the world in cities like Paris, London Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Tributes have come in from all over the culinary world have poured in since his death.
Food writer Gizzi Erskine wrote: "RIP Joel Robuchon. Have entered into a brilliant Robuchon history hole on the internet and I suggest you do too.
"So many brilliant dishes that have inspired so many brilliant dishes from other chefs. True talent and visionary."
Indian chef Vicky Ratnani added: "Chef Joel Robuchon passed away but left a legacy of great cuisine and fantastic restaurants. I have always been inspired by the chef. May he rest in peace."
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