One of British cuisine’s greatest champions, Michel Roux helped to reshape the UK’s dining landscape, gaining its first three-Michelin-starred restaurant in 1982 with Le Gavroche in London, which he opened with his brother, Albert. His nephew, Michel Roux Jr, has been in charge of the now two-star kitchen since 1993.
Chef Roux went on to gain three stars at The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, in 1985, a status it has retained for 35 years, continuing after it was handed over to his son, Alain, who followed in his father’s culinary footsteps, in 2002. Michel and Alain also opened Roux at Skindles in Bray in 2018, a restaurant near Waterside Inn that’s renowned for its stunning location, with a large terrace set overlooking an idyllic bridge.
Chef Roux was awarded an OBE and notably founded the Roux Scholarship competition with his brother, where 50 young chefs vie to win a three-month stint at a European three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
Over the years, Michel has authored several well-regarded cookbooks and his own autobiography.
Foodie sends our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the remarkable Michel Roux.
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