Famed chef, restaurateur and founder of the Roux Scholarship Albert Roux died on Monday 4th January following a lengthy illness, his family has confirmed in a statement. He was 85 years old.
Roux was the founder of Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gavroche, and some of the country’s best known chefs worked in its kitchen, including Marco Pierre White and Gordon Ramsay.
The statement reads: “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.
“Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.”
Albert Roux was born in the region of Saone et Loire in France in 1935 and moved to the UK at the age of 18 and worked his way up the culinary ladder, working in high end restaurants as well as a stint in the French Embassy. He was called on for military service in Algeria, after which he took up a post as sous chef at the British Embassy in Paris. He opened Le Gavroche with his brother in Chelsea, London, which was later awarded three Michelin stars.
The brothers went on to open a number of other restaurant ventures, including the Waterside Inn, which has held three Michelin stars since 1985. Together they also published several culinary books.
“He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me,” said Roux’s son, chef and TV personality Michel Roux Jr.