Robyn Roux, the wife of chef Michel Roux, owner of the three-Michelin-star Waterside Inn in Bay, Berkshire, has died following a two-year illness. She was 66.
The couple met in Sydney in Robyn’s native Australia in 1982 and soon after she moved to the UK. She originally studied drama and later worked in restaurants as a self-taught cook.
Robyn played an active role at the Waterside Inn, including overseeing the interior design and looking after the staff.
She has been described by Michel Roux as his inspiration and support over their 35 years together.
Robyn and Michel are pictured here in May 2015 at the Waterside Inn, celebrating 30 years of the restaurant holding three Michelin stars.
The hospitality industry took to Twitter to express their condolences to Michel Roux.
Thinking of you chef and the family, a truly lovely lady, much love from all of us up the hill at Cliveden x
— Andre Garrett MCA (@andrechef72) November 17, 2017
Dear Chef, I am so sorry to read this, Robyn was truly one of the kindest most genuine women I have met, she made a real impact on my early career, an elegant hostess & her beautiful character was appreciated in our busy kitchen #watersidefamily
— Ron Maxfield (@RonMaxfield) November 17, 2017
How desparetly sad Michel. You, and she, were so kind to me whan I spent time with you in 1990 – never forgotten the lessons you both taught me. Sincerest sympathies. All bests, Michaelxx
— Michael Olivier (@manmetdiepan) November 17, 2017
such sad news. What an amazing Lady, who will be so missed. Thoughts and prayers with Michel and family at this time x
— Julia Sibley (@JuliaSibleymbe) November 17, 2017