Paul Bocuse, polygamous chef with disconcerting confidences

It is this January 20 that we commemorate the 5th anniversary of the death of the famous chef Paul Bocuse. A man known worldwide and not like the others, since he practiced polygamy, as he confided in the past.

If there were to be only one chef to represent French gastronomy, it would be him. For more than seventy years, Paul Bocuse devoted his life to cooking, becoming over the years one of the greatest chefs of the 20th century. Originally from the Lyon region, he is known for several dishes that have become legendary, such as his VGE black truffle soup, in honor of the former President of the Republic, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. Passed down to posterity, the chef named “cook of the century” by Gault and Millau built a veritable empire, before dying in his sleep from various health problems, including Parkinson’s disease, on January 20, 2018, at the age of 91.

Paul Bocuse will remain as a man apart, whether for his cuisine, but also for his way of life. It was in 2005, when he had just undergone major heart surgery, that the starred chef decided to say more about his particular way of life. “I have three stars. I had three bypasses. And I still have three wives”, he reveals, thus revealing the great secret of his personal life, polygamy. It’s in Paul Bocuse, The Sacred Fire (Glénat editions), biography written by his daughter-in-law Ève-Marie Zizza-Lalu, daughter of one of his spouses, Patricia, that he confesses. “I regret nothing, except perhaps the pain I caused the women in my life. I hope they will forgive me”he says in the (…)

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