3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn

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Alain Roux is the chef patron of three Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn in Bray, berkshire.

Best known as the son of the Godfather of modern British fine dining, Michel Roux (19 April 1941 – 11 March 2020), Alain has spent his career making his own name in the culinary world.

A Royal Family member in the culinary universe, it was almost inevitable that Alain would carry on the gastronomic dynasty.

 

The Waterside Inn

General Manager: Frederic Poulette

Assistant Manager: Dean Bonwick

Head Chef: Fabrice Uhryn

Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AT

Website:  www.waterside-inn.co.uk

Phone: 01628 620691

Opening times (excl. Coronavirus exceptions)
Lunch (12:00 –14:00)
Wed – Sun (Feb – Dec)
(last orders on Sunday 2.30pm)
Plus Tuesday 20th June 2017 (Royal Ascot week)
Dinner (19:00 - 22:00)
Wed – Sun (Feb – Dec)
Closed: Mondays & Tuesdays

Alain was 14 when he said he wanted to join the culinary industry. 

A declaration his father, Michel, was quoted to be both ‘over the moon’ and ‘disturbed’ about after knowing himself the dedication needed to fulfil this career path.

How did Alain Roux get into the hospitality industry?

Alain trained in France as a pâtissier (or pastry chef) in Paris between 1984 and 1986. He spent his formative years working in Michelin-starred French restaurants, including Anne-Sophie Pic's eponymous Restaurant Pic in Valence and La Côte Saint-Jacques. the two Michelin-starred restaurant located in the five-star hotel in Joigny, in the outskirts of Paris. He was quoted as calling his time training "the most valuable years of my life".

Following his experience, having developed his culinary techniques in the top restaurants of French cuisines, he returned to the Waterside kitchen in 1992 at the age of 23. 

Alain was not given the head chef position straight away, not only because his father was chef patron but because it was expected that he climb the ranks like anyone else. 

And so, he began work near the bottom of the culinary chain as demi-chef de partie. From here he worked his way to the top, demonstrating that it was his own skill that merited his position of head chef in the kitchen, and, eventually, the honour of being handed over the reins of the restaurant.

What the guides say...

Michelin Guide UK                         

AA Restaurant Guide 

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Good Food Guide

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And despite the great pressure to follow in the footsteps of his father, Alain held up his own sense of professionalism with the restaurant under his direction.

His role at The Waterside Inn

In 2002, Alain took over from his father as chef patron, though Michel was still a strong presence at the Waterside until he passed away in March 2020.

The Roux family

As icons of the culinary business The Roux family supports the industry in a number of ways including the Roux Scholarship - which every year gives the country's most talented chefs a chance to show their worth and win the much-coveted award, for which the prize includes a stage in a restaurant of their choice.

Food Style

Similar to the style that has passed on to all the Roux’s, Alain based his style on the French cuisine, with a refined approach and a modern interpretation.

He is most at ease in the pastry section, and is a member Relais Desserts, an international society of pastry chefs, which he joined in 2000.

The Waterside Inn and accolades

The Waterside Inn is the first restaurant outside of France to hold three Michelin stars for more than 30 years - having first received them in the 1985 guide. The restaurant also has 4 rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide and a 7 out of 10 score in The Good Food Guide, attesting, it says, to a "High level of ambition. Attention to the smallest detail. Accurate and vibrant dishes."

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Editor 4th January 2021

3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn