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25 February 1897|
Louhans, Saône-et-Loire, France
4 March 1955 (aged 58)|
Fernand Point (25 February 1897 – 4 March 1955) was a French chef and restaurateur and is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine. He founded the restaurant La Pyramide in Vienne near Lyon.
He was born in Louhans, Saône-et-Loire, France. Both his parents were accomplished cordon bleu chefs and ran a buffet. He started cooking when he was ten and worked at some of the best restaurants of the time.
He had received his training with Foyot in Paris, the Bristol Hotel, Paris, the Majestic in Cannes, and the Royal Hotel in Évian-les-Bains. In 1922, he and his family moved to Vienne, a city in southeast France near Lyon, and opened a restaurant. Two years later his father left the restaurant to Fernand, who renamed it La Pyramide. 
His book Ma Gastronomie was first published in French in 1969. The book includes 200 recipes based on Point's notes. The chef Charlie Trotter described Point's Ma Gastronomie as the most important cookbook.
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