Michel Roux is a French-born celebrity chef and restaurateur working in Britain and a legendary name in the culinary world. He has trained and influenced a whole generation of celebrity chefs, including Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre-White and Gordon Ramsay.
Born in Charolles, Saône-et-Loire, Roux moved to Paris with his family after the war, where they set up a charcuterie (delicatessen). At the age of fourteen he became a patissier (pastry chef), and later followed his elder brother Albert Roux back to Paris to work as a chef.
Between 1969 and 1996, Roux Restaurants started a catering service, a freight company to ship their produce and opened a number of restaurants and brasseries in London. The Waterside Inn in Bray opened in 1972, which gained its third Michelin star in 1985. The brothers separated their businesses in 1986, Michel taking over the Waterside Inn and Albert taking on Le Gavroche. In both cases, their sons now run the kitchens.
Michel was awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France for patisserie in 1976 and an honorary OBE alongside his brother in 2002 and is the recipient of The International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence.
In July 2008, Roux announced that he would move permanently to Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
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In a poll of UK chefs carried out by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine in 2003, Michel and his brother Albert were voted the most influential chefs in the country.
Michel is from possibly the most famous chefing family that has ever existed, his natural charm and knowledge of food radiates throughout the course of his presentation. Revered as one of the godfathers of modern cuisine in the UK, Michel Roux helped put Britain firmly on the culinary map. His profile and influence make him a highly sought after speaker.