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Robuchon was a very early "celebrity chef" with many TV and radio programmes to his name. But he was a serious and innovative chef, opening his own restaurant in 1981 and gaining three Michelin stars over the following three years. The Gault Millau guide called him the chef of the century in 1990 and in 1994 his was designated best restaurant in the world.
In recent years he has opened restaurants in many parts of the world and trained many chefs, some of whom have become starred in their own right. Renowned as a demanding chef de cuisine his legacy is many restaurants of quality, numerous chefs inspired by his pioneering dishes and the recipes themselves (a version of mashed potato being especially famous).