Michel Roux Jr.
Born in 1960 in Kent, Michel’s father Albert Roux was chef to the Cazalet family. Smells of stews, pastry, and sugar caramelizing made for fond childhood memories, and guided him to follow in his father’s footsteps. At age sixteen, he left school to apprentice at Maître Patissier in Paris between 1976 and 1979.
His greatest influence was next, as Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionay near Lyon. After his military service in the kitchens at the Elysée Palace, he moved to Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, the Gavvers Restaurant in London, and then the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong.
After which he returned to London with La Tante Claire, and then took over the family business, Le Gavroche in 1991. Over time, he gave the restaurant his classic French culinary style with a lighter, modern twist.
In May 2010, Michel opened Roux at Parliament Square with Restaurant Associates, and then Roux at The Landau at London’s prestigious Langham hotel in November of the same year.
Michel is also judge and presenter on the BBC’s popular prime time show, MasterChef: The Professionals, and all three series of ‘Great British Food Revival’. He presented BBC2’s ‘Food and Drink,’ and a documentary on Escoffier, whose revolutionary approach to fine cuisine has inspired many a chef.
As part of the Roux Experience courses at the ‘Cactus Kitchens’ cookery school, with the Executive producer of Saturday Kitchen, Amanda Ross, he offers people the opportunity to learn cooking with some of the UK’s finest chefs.
A committed sportsman, Michel ran his nineteenth marathon in 2013, to raise funds for VICTA a charity supporting visually impaired children.
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