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Along with his younger brother, Michel, who died last year at the age of 78, French chef Albert Roux revolutionised the fine-dining scene in the UK. He and Michel opened Le Gavroche in London in 1982 – the first UK restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. His son, Michel Roux Jr, has been in charge of the now two-starred kitchen since 1993.
The brothers went on to open three-starred The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, in 1995, which is now run by Albert’s nephew, Alain.
Chef Roux also started the Chez Roux Consultancy in the mid-1980s to help other reputable establishments in their aim to achieve the same high standards as he has always maintained. These include Roux at The Landau at London’s The Langham hotel and Roux at Parliament Square as well as at Inverlochy Castle Hotel and Cromlix in Scotland.
Chef Roux was awarded an OBE and notably founded the Roux Scholarship in 1984 with his brother, where 50 young chefs vie to win a three-month stint at a European three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
In 2006, Albert and Michel Roux were jointly given the Lifetime Achievement Award by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Foodie sends our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Chef Albert Roux.
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