06/09/2015 06:29 EDT | Updated 06/09/2016 05:59 EDT

France's Roger Verge, guide to Alain Ducasse and other chefs, dies at 85

PARIS - French chef Roger Verge, who revived interest in Mediterranean cuisine and inspired stars of French gastronomy including Alain Ducasse, has died. He was 85.

The French Riviera restaurant he long led, Le Moulin de Mougins, posted a Facebook homage praising a "man with heart" who pleased "generations of palates" with food such as his signature zucchini flower and black truffle roll.

Verge's reputation regularly drew celebrities to Le Moulin during the annual film festival in nearby Cannes. He and fellow chefs Paul Bocuse and Gaston Lenotre also opened Les Chefs de France restaurant at the French Pavilion at Disney's Epcot Center in the 1980s.

Le Moulin de Mougins said Verge, who died Friday, "trained, harboured or simply gave the desire to hundreds of chefs to exercise this magnificent profession."

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