For those not familiar, I had said he was regarded as one of the top 5 chefs in the world. Folks have said that he is now regarded as THE top chef in the world. Whichever it is, I am sure I will enjoy this meal immensely.
Here's a bit I snagged from the Salon article on his retirement:
"Renowned for his obsession for detail, Robuchon's intense technical precision has been likened to a fine-tuned Swiss watch. Throughout his reign, he limited the number of diners in his rarefied emporium of haute cuisine to a mere 40, making his table, with an average three-month waiting list, one of the most difficult to book in the world.
A purist who uses only the highest-quality ingredients, Robuchon accepts his culinary accolades with humility and grace. His approach is deceptively simple: respect the original flavor. "Chicken should taste like chicken," he says, speaking as if in some cryptic code."
Respect for the ingredient, as they say on Iron Chef. Gotta love the guy.