2 Michelin Star Chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche

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Michel Roux Jr is the 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.

Le Gavroche

 

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

General manager: Emmanuel Landré

Head sommelier: Rémi Cousin

Twitter: @michelrouxjr

 

Biography

Son of the late 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.

Eager to gain the experience, he went to Paris and undertook several challenging apprenticeships.

First, he worked with maître pâtissier Hellegouarche between 1976 and 1979, then landed an opportunity as Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant in Mionnay, near Lyon.

Michel Jr. did his military service in the kitchens of Elysee Palace.

His time in France was challenging, but learning new techniques in Michelin star restaurants was Michel’s biggest influence. 

The chef then moved on to work in prestigious establishments Boucherie Lamartine , then Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, as well as a brief stint at the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong, before making his way back to London.

Here, he worked at Pierre Koffmann’s La Tante Claire before joining the family business; first at the Waterside Inn with his uncle Michel Snr, and then 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....

Michelin

 

AA Restaurant Guide

 

Good Food Guide

7/10, or "High level of ambition; attention to the smallest detail; accurate and vibrant dishes"

Harden's

 

 

 

 

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.

Sadly, Roux at Parliament Square was permanently closed in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

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, which he hosted for six series before falling out with the BBC for commercially endorsing Albert Bartlett potatoes, which the broadcaster took issue with as a conflict of interest. 

He also fronted BBC 2’s “Food and Drink”, a documentary about celebrated French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier, whose revolutionary approach to fine cuisine changed the world of food and was a great source of inspiration for Michel.

As an iconically successful restaurateur and chef, the chef feels he is indebted to supporting the young upcoming talent coming into the restaurant business.

It is his involvement, and the creation of the Roux Experiment courses at his own cookery school, Cactus Kitchens.

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

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2 Michelin Star Chefs: Michel Roux Jr, Le Gavroche