Tributes paid to legendary chef and restaurateur Michel Roux


Tributes have flooded in for legendary French-born chef and restaurateur, Michel Roux who has died aged 78.

Roux passed away on Wednesday evening at his home in Bray, Berkshire surrounded by his family.

It’s been reported that he had battled a long-standing lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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A statement released by Michel’s son Alain and daughters, Francine and Christine on behalf of the Roux family said: “It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE.  

“The family would like to thank everyone for their support during his illness. While many of you will share our great sense of loss, we request privacy for the family at this difficult time.”

The statement added that Roux’s ‘star will shine forever’.

The Roux scholarship, a cooking competition set up in 1984 by Michel Roux and his brother Albert – and now run by their sons Alain Roux and Michel Roux Jr – also released a statement on Instagram on Thursday.

“We are deeply saddened to have lost our founding father, Michel Roux OBE. We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved.

“A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake. For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm.

“But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds. Michel’s star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow.”

Roux brought Paris-style fine dining to London in the 1960s and he trained some of the most distinguished chefs in London, including Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White.

In 1982, Roux and his brother Albert made history when their London restaurant Le Gavroche became the first recipient of three Michelin stars in Britain. They later went on to win three stars for The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1985, which have been retained ever since.

Roux also opened Skindles in Taplow in 2018 with his son.

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