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Albert and Michel Roux

21 August 2008
Albert and Michel Roux

Brothers Albert and Michel Roux are viewed as the godfathers of modern restaurant cuisine in the UK. They put Britain on the culinary map; raised standards across the board through their ground-breaking Michelin-starred restaurants, TV series, and books; and trained and encouraged many of today's top chefs.

In 1967, Albert and Michel Roux opened Le Gavroche in London's Lower Sloane Street (moving it to Upper Brook Street in 1981). In 1982 it became the first UK restaurant to hold three Michelin stars.

In 1972 the brothers opened the Waterside Inn in the Berkshire village of Bray (which gained its third Michelin star in 1985). They also started a catering service which Compass bought in 1993 and which later became Roux Fine Dining, with Albert acting as a consultant.

In 1983 Albert and Michel founded the Roux scholarship, arguably the most prestigious competition for chefs, which over the years recognised the early talents of many of the UK's top chefs.

In 1986 the brothers separated their businesses, with Michel taking on the Waterside Inn and Albert, and then his son Michel Jnr taking over the reins at Le Gavroche as chef de cuisine.

In1995 Albert and Michel Roux won the Lifetime Achievement Catey for the contribution they have made to the UK hospitality industry. In 2000 Le Gavroche general manager Silvano Giraldin won the Special Award Catey for his dedication to service and training. This year, Albert and Michel Roux won the special Silver Catey commemorating the 25th anniversary of the hospitality industry's most coveted awards.

Recipes by Michel Roux Jnr >>

News on

General manager of two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche to retire after 37 years

Albert and Michel Roux celebrate with Silver Catey Award

Rachel Humphrey promoted to head chef at Le Gavroche

Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Leeds hotel

Albert Roux to head Brasserie Roux at T5

Roux brothers win AA's Lifetime Achievement award

Roux Scholarship news

2008 Roux Scholar to spend stage at three-Michelin-starred El Raco de Can Fabes

Daniel Cox wins 2008 Roux Scholarship

£10,000 prize pot for the 2008 Roux Scholarship

2006 Roux Scholar dies after long illness

2007 Roux Scholar Armand Sablon moves on from Galvin at Windows


2008 Catey Awards - watch the video -

Roux Scholarship 2008 to be named tonight

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