Michel Roux Jr says Albert Roux was mentor & inspriration

The Roux family 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. It was the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars.

In 1984, he and Michel set up the Roux Scholarship to enable up and coming chefs to get a start in the industry.

During his time in the kitchen, he trained several chefs who went on to gain Michelin stars of their own, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing.

Albert also helped train his son, Michel Roux, Jr, who continues to run Le Gavroche.

Michel Roux Jr said that Albert’s sheer love of life and passion for making people happy through his food will be greatly missed. He added, “He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me.”