2 Michelin Star Chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche

The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 17th October 2017

Michel Roux Jr is chef patron of two Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche.

Michel Roux Jr is one quarter of the Roux dynasty. Following in the family’s legacy, Michel has gone on to provide the culinary world with his professional insights into the French cuisine, transforming traditional techniques into popular modern dishes.

It is no wonder he was selected to participate as a television personality as judge chef on the programme MasterChef: The Professionals as well as Food and Drink.

Le Gavroche

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Address: 43 Upper Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 7QR 

Website: http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/ 

Tel: 020 7408 0881

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours: Lunch Tuesday to Friday 12pm to 2pm; Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm; Closed Sunday and Monday

Executive chef: Rachel Humphrey

Head chef: Diego Ferrair

General manager: Emmanuel Landré

Head sommelier: Rémi Cousin

Twitter: @michelrouxjr


Son of Albert Roux, of the famous Roux brothers, culinary expertise was in his blood. After leaving school at 16 he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and joined the culinary business.

Michel Roux Jr
Michel Roux Jr

Eager to gain the experience, he went straight to Paris to go through several challenging apprenticeships. He started learning with Maitre Patissier, Hellegouarche, from 1976-79 and then his experience expanded as he landed an opportunity as Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionnay near Lyon. Michel also took his military service in the kitchens of Elysee Palace.

His time in France was challenging for the upcoming Michelin star chef; learning new techniques in Michelin star restaurants was Michel’s biggest influence. Such lessons in French Cuisine have influenced the menu you see in Le Gavroche today.

Other restaurants he gained experience from include Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, as well as a brief stint in the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong, before moving on to Gavers Restaurant in London.

When he returned to London he worked at Pierre Koffmann’s La Tante Claire before joining the family business; first at the Waterside Inn with his Uncle and then heading back to Le Gavroche to join his father. He took over the restaurant in 1993 after his father’s retirement and developed his own style of classic French cuisine.

What the guides say....


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Le Gavroche and Roux at Parliament Square

Following the success under his direction at Le Gavroche, Roux opened a second London Restaurant and Bar, Roux at Parliament Square, that was established in May 2010. Later that same year in November, he expanded the successful Roux business by opening Roux at The Landau at London’s prestigious luxury hotel, the Langham.

Television appearances and other interests

As a front liner of the culinary world, Michel was appointed a judge on the television show, MasterChef: The Professionals as well as being a presenter for all three series of “Great British Food Revival”. He also fronted BBC 2’s “Food and Drink”, a documentary following Escoffier, whose revolutionary approach to fine cuisine inspired Michel.

As an icon of a successful restaurateur and chef, he is indebted to supporting the young upcoming talent coming into the restaurant business. It is his involvement, and creation of, the Roux Experiment courses at the ‘Cactus Kitchens’ cookery school that offers people the opportunity to learn to cook within small intimate groups from the UK’s finest chefs.

Additionally, Roux’s ‘Strive for Excellence’ helps young people gain experience working within the restaurant business. The Roux Scholarship, in particular, demonstrates the family’s commitment to the culinary business and support of gastronomic talent.

Videos with Michel Roux Jr: 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 17th October 2017

2 Michelin Star Chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche