Michel Roux Wiki – Biography
Michel Roux, who opened Britain’s first three Michelin-star restaurant, has died at the age of 79.
He had been diagnosed with the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, his family said in a statement Thursday.
He died on Wednesday night at his home in Berkshire, southeast England, his family confirmed.
“It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE. The family would like to thank everyone for their support during his illness,” his children Alain, Francine and Christine said in a statement.
“We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved.
“A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake. For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm.
“But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds. Michel’s star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow.”
Born in Burgundy, France, Roux left school at the age of 14 to become a pastry apprentice, his family said, before moving to Britain in 1967.
There he opened the world-famous London restaurant, Le Gavroche, which went on to become the first British restaurant to win three Michelin stars.
In 1972 he opened The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, which was awarded its third Michelin star in 1985 and is the only restaurant in the world outside France to have retained three stars ever since.
A prolific author, Roux published 15 books, which sold millions of copies worldwide.
In 1982 he and his brother Albert Roux founded the Roux Scholarship, a prestigious cooking competition for chefs that enables them to train in the greatest restaurants in the world.
The Roux Scholarship posted on Instagram that it was “deeply saddened” by his death.
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We are deeply saddened to have lost our founding father, Michel Roux OBE. “We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved. A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake. For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm. But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds. Michel’s star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow”. #michelroux
The Michelin Guide said in a tweet: “Michel Roux OBE was a true titan of the hospitality industry. He inspired a whole generation of chefs and the UK restaurant scene would not be what it is today were it not for his influence.
“Our thoughts are with his family and the many who worked with this legendary chef.”
Michel Roux OBE was a true titan of the hospitality industry. He inspired a whole generation of chefs and the UK restaurant scene would not be what it is today were it not for his influence.
Our thoughts are with his family and the many who worked with this legendary chef.
— The MICHELIN Guide (@MichelinGuideUK) March 12, 2020
Michel Roux Age
Michel Rouc was 79 years old. He was born on April 19, 1941 in Charolles, France.
Roux was born at Pembury maternity hospital in Kent, whilst his father Albert Roux was working for the horse race trainer Major Peter Cazalet.
Roux is married to Giselle, a French citizen who has worked in the restaurant business for numerous years and is currently the secretary at Le Gavroche. The couple have a daughter, Emily, who is training to be a chef. The Roux family lives in London.
Roux does not drink between Monday and Friday. Roux is a big rugby fan and is an honorary member of Harlequins and attends most matches. He also likes Manchester United, and is a keen marathon runner, having run the London marathon twelve times to raise funds for the children’s charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action).
Having served his apprenticeship and training mainly away from the Roux brothers’ British business empire, he joined his uncle at the Waterside Inn, in Bray, Berkshire in 1985, before working with his father at Le Gavroche from the April of the same year. He then worked in and managed the Roux brothers catering business for three years, before returning to Le Gavroche in 1990, the year the two brothers split their business down family lines. When his father retired in 1993, Michel Jr took over the world-famous restaurant.
A food consultant to the Walbrook club since 2003, he also consults for the fine dining providers Restaurant Associates. Roux has also written several books, including Le Gavroche Cookbook; The Marathon Chef; and Matching Food and Wine, which was named the best book on matching wine and food at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
Roux has made various television appearances, including on his friend Gordon Ramsay’s ITV produced Hell’s Kitchen, and as an expert judge on the BBC Two programme MasterChef: The Professionals (2008–13). In 2012 he appeared as a guest judge on Masterchef South Africa. From 2013 until 2014, Roux co-presented BBC Two’s Food and Drink alongside Kate Goodman. In 2013, he appeared as one of the mentors in the series The Chef’s Protege.
In March 2014, Roux announced that he was leaving the BBC due to a conflict over his brand ambassadorship for Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes. In 2015, Roux returned to television and presented First Class Chefs for the Disney Channel and Kitchen Impossible with Michel Roux Jr for Channel 4.
In April 2016 Roux stepped in as presenter on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen after the departure of James Martin who left after 10 years. Roux ruled himself out of becoming a full-time host.
According to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various Online resources, famous Chef Michel Roux Jr.’s net worth is $11 Million at the age of 59 years old. He earned the money being a professional Chef. He is from England.