January 20, 2018 / 3:39 PM / a year ago

'Nouvelle cuisine' pioneer Bocuse dies at 91

FILE PHOTO - French chef Paul Bocuse waves to applause as he attends the 2013 Bocuse d'Or cooking contest in Chassieu, near Lyon, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Pratta

PARIS (Reuters) - Paul Bocuse, one of France's most celebrated chefs, has died at the age of 91, the interior minister said on Saturday.

Bocuse was an early exponent of "nouvelle cuisine", which reinterpreted traditional French cooking using less butter and cream and focusing on fresh ingredients and stylish presentation.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announced Bocuse's death on his official twitter feed.

"Paul Bocuse is dead... The pope of gastronomy has left us," posted Collomb, a former mayor of Bocuse's home city of Lyon.

Reporting by Geert De Clercq; editing by John Stonestreet

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