Chef and Le Gavroche restaurateur Albert Roux dies aged 85

The chef and restaurateur Albert Roux has died at the age of 85.

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

A statement from his family said: “The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4 January 2021. The Roux family have requested that their privacy at this time be respected.”

Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution. With Michel, Roux founded Le Gavroche in London in 1967, followed by The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972. Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars.

His son, Michel Roux Jr, said: “He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me.”

The Observer’s food critic, Jay Rayner, tweeted: “Albert Roux was an extraordinary man, who left a massive mark on the food story of his adopted country. The roll-call of chefs who went through the kitchens of Le Gavroche alone, is a significant slab of a part of modern UK restaurant culture. RIP.”


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