Who is Albert Roux? Albert Roux Bio/Wiki
Albert Henri Roux AKA Albert Roux was a restaurateur and chef from France who served in Britain. Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to win three Michelin stars, was run by him and his brother, Michel. He was born on 8 October 1935 in Semur-en-Brionnais, Saône-et-Loire, France.
He helped train a series of chefs to earn Michelin stars, and Le Gavroche is still run by his son, Michel Roux, Jr. On 4 January 2021, after a long illness, Albert Roux died.
RIP Albert Roux, 85, just 9 months after the death of his brother Michel.
Two culinary titans who revolutionised the UK restaurant scene & mentored so many more great chefs.
Both wonderful characters, touched by genius, who brought pleasure to many palates.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/NCZbfejjQU
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 6, 2021
He was 85 years old.
Wife And Children
With his final marriage, to Maria, taking place in 2018, he was married three times. In 2016, his second wife, Cheryl Smith, divorced Roux. In January 2018, three years after meeting her, he married his third wife, Maria Rodrigues. Maria is the director of an organization offering professional services.
Le Gavroche, which has two Michelin stars, is still operated by his son, Michel Roux, Jr.
Roux managed to jam oeufs en cocotte into a dumbwaiter that was due to go to Harold Macmillan, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in one notable incident while employed by the Viscountess. His apprenticeship at Cliveden otherwise went without difficulty.
He went on to work at the British embassy in Paris and became Sir Charles Clore’s private chef. He was then called up to perform his military service in Algeria by the French Armed Forces, where he cooked regularly for the officer’s mess.
He worked as a sous-chef at the British Embassy in Paris after leaving the army, before moving to the UK to become Major Peter Cazalet’s private chef, where he worked for eight years.
Albert and Michel opened Le Gavroche with £ 3,000 in Chelsea in April 1967, borrowing the rest of the funds.
He was also renowned for the Roux scholarship, an annual chef competition founded with Michel in 1982 to allow a new generation of UK chefs to train in some of the world’s greatest restaurants.
Albert Roux, the chef, and restaurateur died at the age of 85.
Le Gavroche, the founder of the Michelin-starred family and a member of the Roux culinary dynasty, died after a long illness on Monday, 4 January 2021.
A declaration 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. 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 Roux family have requested that their privacy at this time be respected.”
One of the true culinary greats has left us… Merci chef.. My thoughts are with the Roux family and the army of chefs you’ve influenced over the years.. You will be missed but never forgotten.. RIP #AlbertRoux pic.twitter.com/5VmXIOADul
— Tom Kitchin (@TomKitchin) January 6, 2021
We’re deeply saddened by the news about the magnificent Albert Roux and want to extend our condolences to the Roux family. The culinary world is indebted to Albert’s contribution and we’re grateful for the projects Albert gave his magic touch to across the Compass family. pic.twitter.com/A9ebZ5MAET
— Compass Group UK & I (@compassgroupuk) January 6, 2021
Such a sad start to the year…Albert Roux was a true titan of the food scene in this country and inspired and trained some of the best and biggest names in the business. RIP and today I will open a bottle of the finest red and raise a glass…in fact the bottle to you and pic.twitter.com/Ph1Vs3ZWQx
— James Martin (@jamesmartinchef) January 6, 2021