“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 4th January 2021,” the statement reads.
“Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967,” the family added.
Le Gavroche became Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurant and some of the UK’s best-known chefs worked in its kitchen, including Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.
Albert Roux in 1997
Born in France in 1935, Roux moved to the UK at the age of 18, and spent years moving up the culinary ladder, working in the French Embassy and various high-end households.
After completing his military service in Algeria and stints working as a chef in Paris and again in the UK, Roux opened Le Gavroche, in Chelsea, London, which was later awarded three Michelin stars — as did Roux’s Waterside Inn, opened in 1972.
“He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me,” Roux’s son, chef and TV personality Michel Roux Jr., said in a statement.
Roux, pictured in the kitchen of Le Gavroche in 1989
Chef James Martin paid tribute to Roux, whom he described as “a true titan of the food scene in this country,” who “inspired and trained some of the best and biggest names in the business.”
CNN’s Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.
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