Albert Roux OBE who died last weejk was apioneering French restaurateur and chef working in Britain. He and his brother Michel operated Le Gavroche in London's Mayfair, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars. He helped train chefs whowent on to win Michelin stars, and his son, Michel Roux, Jr., continues to run Le Gavroche.
Albert Roux was born in the village of Semur-en-Brionnais in Saône-et-Loire, France on 8 October 1935.He was the son of a charcutier. His brother, Michel Roux, was born in 1941. Upon leaving school, he initially intended to train as a priest at the age of 14. However, he decided that the role was not suited to him, sought other employment, and instead trained as a chef. His godfather worked as a chef for Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and arranged for Roux, at the age of 18, to be employed working for Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor.]
He moved on to work at the British Embassy in Paris and became a private chef for Sir Charles Clore. He was then called up by the French Armed Forces to serve his military service in Algeria, where he cooked on occasion for the officer's mess. Once he left the military, he worked as a sous chef at the British Embassy in Paris, before returning to the UK to become private chef to Major Peter Cazalet where he worked for eight years..
In 1967, Roux and his younger brother Michel opened Le Gavroche, on Lower Sloane Street in London. It became the first restaurant in Britain to win a Michelin star, the first to win two, and, in 1982, the first to win three.] The restaurant became a favourite of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. In 1984, he and Michel set up the Roux Scholarship to enable up and coming chefs to get a start in the industry.
During his time in the kitchen, he trained several chefs who went on to gain Michelin stars of their own, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann, and Sat Bains.