JEAN-Claude Vrinat, the second generation chef and restaurateur of the family who have run renowned French restaurant Taillevent since 1946, has died at the age of 71.
His daughter Valerie, who has been running the restaurant since 1987, made the announcement that he passed in a Paris hospital on Monday after losing his battle with lung cancer.
Taillevent, which was voted into the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants for the first time in 2007, also achieved Michelin recognition, even at one stage enjoying three Michelin stars under Jean-Claude.
Famous guests include French Presidents, Frank Sinatra and Richard Nixon, and regulars are often from families who have dined at Taillevent for generations - nearly all of whom would have been greeted by Vrinat personally.
The Paris restaurant is named after the 14th Century cook to several French kings who was credited with writing seminal medieval cookbook Le Viander, and is famous for its classical French cuisine.
It will continue to be run by the Vrinat family in the capable hands of Valerie.