The Agence France-Presse reported this morning that the chef had died, after food critic Gilles Pudlowski posted an obituary on his blog, remembering the chef as “one of the last great creators of Paris”.
Senderens’ peers included Paul Bocuse and Michel Guerard, and he held three Michelin stars for 28 years at his Paris restaurant Lucas Carton - at least, until he decided to 'hand them back' in a bid 'to break free' of the pressures he felt the accolades imposed.
He became well known for favouring a less formal approach to fine dining – including fewer sauces or heavy ingredients ‒ and for creating unusual combinations such as lobster with vanilla, serving white wine with cheese, or taking inspiration from ancient Roman recipes such as the Apicius duck.
Today, Pudlowski’s blog reads: “It will be his formidable enthusiasm, coupled with his thirst for knowledge, which will be the mark he leaves on the world.
“We will never forget you dear Alain. We miss you already.”