Sad news – legendary chef Albert Roux has passed away

The French culinary maestro was 85 years-old

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One cannot think of culinary greatness without the names Albert and Michel Roux coming to mind.

More affectionately known as the Roux brothers, this visionary duo was responsible for revolutionising the British food scene by opening Le Gavroche in London in the late 1960s - a fine French restaurant which became home to some of the most talented chefs in the nation, and the first restaurant in the UK to earn three Michelin stars, as well as a much-loved favourite of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

But the pair didn’t stop there. In 1972, Michel and Albert bought the Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, which was awarded three Michelin stars in 1985, and has kept them ever since. A huge feat, and the only restaurant in the country to have retained the honour.

In 1986, Albert took over Le Gavroche, and Michel went to head up the Waterside Inn. The Waterside Inn was handed over to Michel’s son Alain, in 2002, and Albert's son, Michel Roux Jr took over Le Gavroche in 1991.

Michel Roux sadly died in March 2020, and on the 4 January 2021, the Roux family announced with great sadness that Albert had passed away, at the age of 85.

Chef & Restauranteur - Albert Roux OBE

Chef & Restauranteur - Albert Roux OBE

Even after Albert's passing, the Roux legacy will continue to leave its lasting impression, and influence food critics, chefs, and restaurant enthusiasts not only in Britain but across the globe, as a memorable symbol of culinary greatness.

Alain and Michel Roux Jr are still busy running their respective restaurants, and other great chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann, Monica Galetti, and Marcus Wareing all trained under the Roux Brothers as well.

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