In the Name of His Father: From Jérôme Bocuse to Sue Institute

Paul Bocuse

Jérôme Bocuse, son of France’s iconic chef Paul Bocuse, is suing an elite cooking school founded by his late father, for allowing is father’s name to be used in undignified commercial ventures, and not adorning his father’s table.

The Paul Bocuse Institute is involved in the case by Jérôme Bocuse, which will be heard in French courts in 2023. According to Le Figaro, this could be an existential threat to the institute.

Named after its founder for two decades, the institute claims it has an agreement with Paul Bocuse to use his surname by 2037, while Jérôme complains that the institute has gone far beyond the usage rights he had imagined. He adds that his family name has been squandered in business ventures that his father would never approve of. Bocuse has been struggling with this problem for three years.

He told Le Figaro: “The values ​​my father stood for are being betrayed. No one can steal your name from us. All his life, he told me how proud he was. Everything is fine with other establishments named after my father in Lyon, such as Les Halles Paul Bocuse and Bocuses d’Or”.

Who is Paul Bocuse?
The Bocuse family, which dates back to 1729 in gastronomy, has preserved the fame of their name for years. In 1921, Paul Bocuse’s grandfather transferred the name to a Russian named Borisoff. After earning his third Michelin star, Paul paid for the family name to be reverted to the original ‘Bocuse’, stating that he disliked the nickname ‘Bocusoff’, which was kind of humiliating for the family. Since then, the restaurant in Lyon, named after the chef, welcomes its guests with neon letters.