Joel Robuchon, the French renowned chef and restaurateur, passed away at age 73 on Monday, according to a French government spokesman.
He died from cancer in the Swiss city of Geneva, about a year after he received treatment for a pancreatic tumor.
"Joel Robuchon, a visionary chef who was the most starred in the world, leaves us today," tweeted Benjamin Griveaux, a French government spokesman. "From Paris to Shanghai, his savoir-faire was an art form that made French gastronomy shine and continues to inspire the next generation of chefs."
Chef Robuchon, who racked up 31 Michelin stars in his lifetime, was named "Chef of the Century" by the Gault Millau industry bible in 1989.
His career in the industry started at age 15 at the Relais of Poitiers hotel as a pastry chef. He then climbed the ranks and was the head chef at Hôtel Concorde La Fayette by age 29, where he was awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France for his craftsmanship in culinary arts.
In 1989, he opened his own restaurant Jamin, where he mentored Gordon Ramsay.
Eventually, he opened dozens of award-winning restaurants including L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Robuchon au Dôme, and La Grande Maison de Joël Robuchon around the world.
Robuchon was truly a visionary and made a significant impact on the culinary industry.
Fellow chefs and restaurateurs have expressed sorrow-filled words saying goodbye to the industry icon.
"Thank you for the profound inspiration, Joël Robuchon. Our profession is in your debt," tweeted Danny Meyer, New York City restaurateur and the Chief Executive Officer of the Union Square Hospitality Group.
"Joel Robuchon 1947-2018 A very sad day for any of us in our industry and for the millions of other who were touched by this amazing man. When I was 23 I almost crapped myself being part of a team cooking him a birthday dinner in NYC. Over the years he was beyond kind to me. #sad," tweeted Andrew Zimmern, celebrity chef, and TV personality.
Read more about Robuchon's passing at "Yahoo News."