3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn

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Editor 27th September 2017

Alain Roux is chef patron of three Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn.

Best known as the son of the Godfather of modern British fine dining, Michel Roux, Alain has made his own name in the culinary world. Coming from the royal family of the culinary business, it could be said that it was inevitable that Alain would carry on the gastronomic dynasty.

The Waterside Inn

The Waterside Inn

Director and Restaurant Manager: Diego Masciaga

Head Chef: Fabrice Uhryn

Ferry Road, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AT

Website:  www.waterside-inn.co.uk

Phone: 01628 620691

Opening times: 
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

Following a French tradition that would carry through generations, 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.

Alain Roux
Alain Roux

How did Alain Roux get into the hospitality industry?

Taking part in the gastronomic venture, Alain first trained in France as a Patissier in Paris from 1984-86 and then spent his formative years working in Michelin-starred French restaurants, including Restaurant Pic in Valence and La Cote Saint-Jacques at Oigny. He was quoted as finding it the most valuable years of his 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. 

Unlike many would assume, he was not given the head chef position straight away just because his father was chef patron. Instead, 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                         

 3 michelin stars

AA Restaurant Guide 

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Good Food Guide

Hardens

Hardens Guide

And despite the great pressure to follow the legacy Michel Roux had gained, Alain held up his own sense of professionalism whilst the restaurant was under his direction.

His role at The Waterside Inn

By 2002 Alain took over from his father as chef patron, although Michel is still a strong presence at the Waterside. The Waterside has always been promoted for its personal touch. Under Michel, diners would sometimes see him take a turn serving front of house. This family feel is only carried further by having his son, Alain, take over the business.

The Roux family

The Roux family, as icons of the culinary business, support the industry in a number of roles. Most specifically, the Roux Scholarship, demonstrates the family’s commitment to the culinary business and support of upcoming talent.

Food Style

Similar to the style that has passed on to all the Roux’s, Alain developed his style on the French cuisine that he learnt from apprenticing in France. He takes a refined approach to French cuisine whilst also adapting the dishes to a modern interpretation. He is most at home working within the patisserie side of the kitchen. This was recognised when he joined Relais Desserts, an international society of pastry chefs, in 2000.

The Waterside Inn and accolades

The Waterside Inn is the first restaurant outside of France to hold three Michelin stars for 25 years. The restaurant also has 4 rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide and is listed at number 26 in The Good Food Guide.

Videos from Alain Roux:

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 27th September 2017

3 Michelin Star Chefs: Alain Roux, The Waterside Inn