Joel Robuchon Questioned Over Possible Connection To Embezzlement Scheme
The AFP reports that uberchef Joel Robuchon was recently questioned by French authorities in relation to a large embezzlement scheme involving a former Prime Minister of France and the chairman of a luxury hotel chain. Zut alors.
Robuchon, who has 28 Michelin stars (and is only one of two chefs to have more stars than Gordon Ramsay; thanks for telling us that, Masterchef), was part of a culinary rewards program at the Relais & Chateaux chain during the time of the alleged embezzlement. The group’s chairman, Regis Bulot, is accused of embezzling nearly 1.6 million euros ($2 million) from his hotel with the help of his close friend, Dominique de Villepin, a Prime Minister of France under President Jacques Chirac.
The two men were caught when Villepin, a career diplomat, made a call on behalf of his meilleur ami pour toujours, bragging about how he’d pressured the new management of the hotel chain to not cooperate with a police probe. Protip for former government officials committing fraud: when you’re being investigated by a police probe, you probably should expect that your phone is bugged.
Though Robuchon has not been implicated in the crime, he was called in for questioning along with Xavier Darcos, a former Minister of Education. It’s unclear what their connection is with the crime, so we’ll simply say for now that it’s because they have cool French names, which should never be a crime.