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Paul Bocuse Named 'Chef of the Century'

The Culinary Institute of America has named Paul Bocuse, a/k/a the father of nouvelle cuisine, the "chef of the century."

According to the AFP, Thomas Keller (who himself has just been inducted into the French L├ęgion d'honneur for his work as a chef) said Bocuse is "the one who brought chefs out of the kitchen. He set us free in many ways. ... We were allowed to have an interpretation, a point of view about food."

Daniel Boulud also reminisced about Bocuse, telling Nation's Restaurant News that "[h]e has been one of the greatest educators." Bocuse celebrated his 85th birthday in February.

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