06 January 2021 12:37
Renowned French chef and restaurateur Albert Roux has died at the age of 85, his family has announced. The Roux family said the chef - who was famous for opening Le Gavroche in London with his late brother Michel Roux, who died last year - had been unwell for some time before he died on Monday. Bringing Parisian-style fine dining to the capital for the first time in 1967, Le Gavroche became the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded a Michelin star - and broke records again in 1982 as the first to receive three, the ultimate accolade in the world of haute cuisine. Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Marcus Wareing are among the many famous chefs who earned their stripes in the Le Gavroche kitchen, under the tutelage of the Roux brothers. Paying tribute in a statement on Instagram, Albert's son, Michel Roux Jr, said his love of life and passion for making people happy through his food would be greatly missed.
Food critic Jay Rayner led the tributes on Twitter, saying: "Albert Roux was an extraordinary man, who left a massive mark on the food story of his adopted country. TV chef James Martin described Roux as "a true titan of the food scene in this country", while The Michelin Guide paid tribute to "a father of the UK restaurant industry". Albert Roux OBE, along with his late brother Michel, was a father of the UK restaurant industry and his legacy will live on through the many chefs who passed through his kitchen. Albert Roux's death comes 10 months after the death of his younger brother, Michel, in March 2020, at the age of 78. As well as Le Gavroche, the entrepreneurial brothers set up The Roux Scholarship in 1984, helping British chefs to train in restaurants around the world.
Albert and Michel Sr founded the Roux Scholarship in 1983, which has gained a nationwide reputation as one of the top culinary competitions for young chefs. The Roux Scholarship offers the winner a three-month stage at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, and mentoring by the Roux family, with previous Roux Scholars including the late Andrew Fairlie, Sat Bains, Frederick Forster, André Garrett and Simon Hulstone. The family also won Catey awards including Albert winning Restaurateur of the Year – Independent in 1988, while the Waterside Inn won Best Menu of the Year in 1984 and Le Gavroche won Best Restaurant of the Year in 1988. Throughout the years Albert, with his brother Michel, published several culinary books. They put Britain on the culinary map; raised standards across the board through their ground-breaking Michelin-starred restaurants, TV series, and books; and trained and encouraged many of today's top chefs.
A statement from his family said: "The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4 January 2021. Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London's culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967. With Michel, who died in March, Roux founded Le Gavroche in London in 1967, followed by the Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972. Le Gavroche, known for its classic take on French cuisine, was the first restaurant in the UK to gain one, then two, and then three Michelin stars. In 1988 Albert's son, Michel Roux Jr, joined Le Gavroche and over a period of years took over the day-to-day management of the restaurant. Michel Roux Jr said: "He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me." LEGENDARY chef Albert Roux has died aged 85 just months after his brother Michel passed away. The French cook, who opened Le Gavroche in 1967 with Michel, had been unwell for a while, his family said. A statement said: "The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4th January 2021. "Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London's culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967." The opening of Le Gavroche kick-started a culinary revolution in the capital and became the first restaurant in Britain to receive three Michelin stars in 1982. Albert and Michel followed their success with Le Gavroche by opening The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972. A statement from The Michelin Guide said: "Albert Roux OBE, along with his late brother Michel, was a father of the UK restaurant industry and his legacy will live on through the many chefs who passed through his kitchen. Albert and Michel co-founded the Roux Scholarship in 1985 to help budding young chefs. LONDON (Reuters) - French chef Albert Roux, who with his brother Michel brought Paris-style fine dining to London in the 1960s and inspired generations of chefs, has died aged 85, his family said on Wednesday. "He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me," said Albert's son Michel Roux Jr, who runs Le Gavroche restaurant founded in 1967 by his father and uncle. Albert's younger brother Michel died aged 78 in March last year.