Restaurateur Albert Roux, Chef and Le Gavroche, dies at the age of 85

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A member of the Roux cooking dynasty died after a long illness on Monday, his family said.

At the age of 85, chef and restaurateur Albert Roux died.

Le Gavroche, the Michelin-starred founder and member of the Roux culinary dynasty, died after a long illness on Monday.

“A statement from his family said, “The Roux family announced the sad death of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who died on January 4, 2021, after being unwell for a while, at the age of 85.

With his late brother, Michel Roux, Albert is credited with launching the culinary revolution in London with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.

“The Roux family asked that their privacy be respected at that time.”

Roux formed Le Gavroche in London in 1967, together with Michel, who died in March, followed by The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972.

Known for its classic French cuisine, Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the United Kingdom to win one, then two and finally three Michelin stars.

Roux’s brother Michel died after suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 78 last year.

Born in the Saône-et-Loire region of France on Oct. 8, 1935, Albert Roux started training as a patissier at the age of 14 before taking a series of kitchen jobs.

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

Albert and Michel opened Le Gavroche with £ 3,000 in Chelsea in April 1967, borrowing the rest of the capital.

He was also known for the Roux Scholarship, an annual cooking competition launched with Michel in 1982 to offer the opportunity to train at some of the best restaurants in the world to a new generation of chefs in the U.K.

Albert’s uncle, Michel Roux Jr., joined Le Gavroche in 1988 and took over the restaurant’s day-to-day management for years. He is the head patron today. During this time, Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing all passed through the kitchen of La Gavroche.

Roux was an avid fisherman outside the kitchen and enjoyed trips to the Scottish Highlands, where a small group of Chez Roux restaurants in a variety of hotels continue to work for the Rouxs.

He was married three times in 2018, with his most recent marriage to Maria.

“He was a mentor to so many people in the hospitality industry and a real inspiration to aspiring chefs, myself included.” Michel Roux Jr. said.
“Albert Roux was an extraordinary man who had a massive impact on the history of food in his adopted country,” Observer food critic Jay Rayner tweeted. A major part of contemporary British restaurant culture is the list of chefs who have gone through Le Gavroche’s kitchens alone.

RIP.

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