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Chef behind London's legendary Le Gavroche restaurant dies, family reveals


Albert Roux, the chef behind London's iconic Le Gavroche restaurant, which was the first in the UK to receive three Michelin stars, has died at the age of 85, his family announced today.

As part of the Roux culinary dynasty, honors have been received from across the industry for the restaurateur, who passed away on Monday after a long illness.

One of his former charges, Gordon Ramsay, spearheaded the salute today by posting a picture of the couple together on Instagram.

He wrote: “It is so sad to hear of the death of this legend, the man who installed catering in the UK. We've shared the same office for the past ten years and going up the stairs today is going to be really difficult, thank you Albert for all you've given me, God bless you boss. & # 39;

His son Michel Roux Jr. said, "He's been a mentor to so many people in the hospitality industry and a real inspiration to aspiring chefs, including myself."

The tragic news comes just two years after Roux married his third wife Maria and months after the death of his brother Michel Snr.

Chef James Martin also paid tribute to Roux, “Such a sad start to the year … Albert Roux was a real titan of the food scene in this country, inspiring and coaching some of the best and biggest names in the business.

& # 39; RIP and today I'm going to open a bottle of the finest red and raise a glass … indeed the bottle to you and your brother and thank you for everything. My thoughts to all of the Roux family and friends. & # 39;

A Michelin Guide statement on Twitter said: “Albert Roux OBE was a father to the UK restaurant industry along with his late brother Michel, and his legacy will live on through the many chefs who went through his kitchen.

"All of us at the Michelin Guide extend our deep condolences to the Roux family."

Albert Roux (left) died today. He is pictured with his son Michel Roux Jnr (center) and Michel's daughter Emily in a restaurant that opened in Scotland in 2016

The tragic news comes just two years after Roux married his third wife Maria (they are pictured together ahead of a gala at the Savoy Hotel in 2019).

The tragic news comes just two years after Roux married his third wife Maria (they are pictured together ahead of a gala at the Savoy Hotel in 2019).

Albert (left) and Michel Roux after being awarded an Honorary OBE by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in October 2002

Albert (left) and Michel Roux after being awarded an Honorary OBE by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in October 2002

Together with his brother Michel, Roux founded Le Gavroche in London in 1967, followed by The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972.

Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in Great Britain to receive three Michelin stars.

Food critic Jay Rayner tweeted: “Albert Roux was an extraordinary man who had a massive impact on the food history of his adopted country.

“The appeal of the chefs who walked through the kitchens at Le Gavroche alone is an integral part of modern British restaurant culture. REST IN PEACE. & # 39;

Piers Morgan wrote: & # 39; RIP Albert Roux, 85, just 9 months after the death of his brother Michel. Two culinary titans who revolutionized the UK restaurant scene and looked after so many more great chefs.

& # 39; Both wonderful characters, touched by ingenuity, which gave pleasure to many palates. Thank you. & # 39;

Mr Roux's brother, Michel Roux Snr, died in March at the age of 79 after a long battle with the disease.

The brothers’s Waterside Inn was awarded one star in 1974, two in 1977, and three in 1985.

It's the only restaurant in the world outside of France to have had three stars since then, and Roux's son Alain has been the chef since 2001.

A statement from his family states: “The Roux family announced the sad death of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while on January 4, 2021 at the age of 85.

"Albert, along with his late brother Michel Roux, is credited with starting the culinary revolution in London with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967. The Roux family asked that their privacy be respected at this time."

Roux married their first wife Monique shortly after he was 17 years old. He had left school to become a priest, but quickly thought about it

Roux married their first wife Monique shortly after he was 17 years old. He had left school to become a priest, but quickly thought about it

Roux with his second wife Cheryl Smith (right) at a private viewing and auction at Christie & # 39; s in London on September 20, 2004

Roux with his second wife Cheryl Smith (right) at a private viewing and auction at Christie & # 39; s in London on September 20, 2004

Roux in front of his Mayfair restaurant, Le Gavroche in London, which has achieved legendary status

Roux in front of his Mayfair restaurant, Le Gavroche in London, which has achieved legendary status

Food critic Jay Rayner paid tribute to Albert Roux's tweeting (pictured): "Albert Roux was an extraordinary man who had a massive impact on the food history of his adopted country."

Food critic Jay Rayner paid tribute to Albert Roux's tweeting (pictured): "Albert Roux was an extraordinary man who had a massive impact on the food history of his adopted country."

Roux, who was behind London's legendary Le Gavroche restaurant, had been sick for some time, his family said. He is pictured with his son Michel Jr. and granddaughter Emily

Roux, who was behind London's legendary Le Gavroche restaurant, had been sick for some time, his family said. He is pictured with his son Michel Jr. and granddaughter Emily

Alongside his younger brother Michel, Roux founded Le Gavroche in London in 1967, followed by The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972.

Known for its classic French cuisine, Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in Britain to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars.

Albert's death comes nine months after that of his 78-year-old brother after a long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Born on October 8, 1935 in the Saone et Loire region of France, Roux began his apprenticeship as a pastry chef at the age of 14 before taking on a number of kitchen posts.

After his military service in Algeria, Roux worked as a sous chef at the British Embassy in Paris, where he spent two years before moving to the UK.

In April 1967, Albert and Michel opened Le Gavroche in Chelsea with only £ 3,000 and borrowed the rest of the money.

He was also known for the Roux Scholarship, an annual cooking competition created with Michel in 1982 to train a new generation of chefs in the UK to train in some of the best restaurants in the world.

In 1988 Albert's son Michel Roux Jr. moved to Le Gavroche and took over the daily management of the restaurant for a period of years. He is now the chef / patron.

Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing all walked through the La Gavroche kitchen during this time.

Outside of the kitchen, Roux was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to the Scottish Highlands.

The Rouxs continue to run a small group of Chez Roux restaurants in a number of hotels in the area.

He was married three times with his last wedding to Maria, which took place in 2018.

Gordon Ramsay paid tribute to Albert Roux on Instagram, shared a photo of the couple together, and wrote, “So sad that this legend, the man who installed hospitality in the UK, has passed, we have the same office for the past decade and today going up the stairs becomes very difficult. Thank you Albert for everything you gave me, God bless you boss. & # 39;

The animal rights organization Peta said on Twitter: & # 39; RIP Albert Roux. This multi-Michelin-starred French chef has shown many people that foie gras is animal cruelty.

He famously said that, like cigarettes, it should contain a warning of the terrible suffering of the ducks and geese misused for their production.

"We will never forget him."

"A true titan of the UK food scene" Albert Roux, the French-born founder of Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, who is credited with kicking off the culinary revolution in London

Born on October 8, 1935 in the Saone et Loire region of France, Roux began his apprenticeship as a pastry chef at the age of 14 before taking on a number of kitchen posts.

After his military service in Algeria, Roux worked as a sous chef at the British Embassy in Paris, where he spent two years before moving to the UK.

In April 1967 Albert and his brother Michel opened Le Gavroche in Chelsea with only £ 3,000 and borrowed the rest of the money.

He was also known for the Roux Scholarship, an annual cooking competition created with Michel in 1982 to train a new generation of chefs in the UK to train in some of the best restaurants in the world.

In 1988 Albert's son Michel Roux Jr. moved to Le Gavroche and took over the daily management of the restaurant for a period of years. He is now the chef / patron.

Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing all walked through the La Gavroche kitchen during this time.

Albert Roux (R) and his brother Michel Roux watch the participants in the finals of the "Roux Scholarship" competition at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2009

Albert Roux (R) and his brother Michel Roux watch the participants in the finals of the "Roux Scholarship" competition at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in 2009

Outside of the kitchen, Roux was an avid fisherman and enjoyed trips to the Scottish Highlands.

The Rouxs continue to run a small group of Chez Roux restaurants in a number of hotels in the area.

He was married three times with his last wedding to Maria, which took place in 2018.

Homages to restaurateurs from across the food industry have arrived. The former protégé Ramsay shared a photo of the couple on Instagram.

He wrote: “It is so sad to hear of the death of this legend, the man who installed hospitality in the UK. We've shared the same office for the past decade, and going up the stairs today is going to be really difficult. Thank you, Albert, for everything you gave me, God bless you, boss. & # 39;

Chef James Martin said, “Such a sad start to the year … Albert Roux was a real titan of the food scene in this country, inspiring and coaching some of the best and biggest names in the business.

& # 39; RIP and today I'm going to open a bottle of the finest red and raise a glass … indeed the bottle to you and your brother and thank you for everything. My thoughts to all of the Roux family and friends. & # 39;

Chef Tom Kitchin wrote on Twitter: & # 39; One of the real culinary greats has left us … Merci Chef ..

"My thoughts are with the Roux family and the army of chefs who have influenced you over the years. They are missed but never forgotten. RIP #AlbertRoux"

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