Chef Revelations – Michel Roux

29 November 2011
Chef Revelations – Michel Roux

What was your first job? Pâtissière in Paris, aged 14

What do you do to relax? I smoke a cigar - but I don't get to relax very often

Which is your favourite restaurant? Any Bib Gourmand

What's your favourite hotel? Michel Guérard's Le Couvent des Herbes

What is your favourite drink? Champagne

Which ingredient do you hate the most? Coriander to chew

Are there any foods/ingredients that you refuse to cook with? Dog - I respect that in certain countries this is part of the culture, but I would never cook with it

What flavour combinations do you detest?
Too much fruit in savoury dishes

Who in catering have you most admired? Willy Bauer and Michel Guérard

Which person gave you the greatest inspiration? Alain Chapel

Cast away on a desert island, what luxury would you take? Château d'Yquem

If not yourself, who would you rather have been? Winston Churchill or Charles de Gaulle

Describe your ultimate nightmare Cooking a great dish and someone changing the setting on the piece of equipment and ruining it

If you hadn't gone into catering, where do you think you'd be now? I'd be a winemaker

Tell us a secret… I love Magnum ice-cream and whenever I'm at a petrol station and no one is around who knows me I buy one. And I never share it.

What irritates you most about the industry? The celebrity status of some chefs who are labelled celebrities without ever having even been a chef

What's your favourite film?Chariots of Fire

What's your favourite book? Marie-Antoine Carême - I have the whole series

What is your favourite prepared food product? Pret A Manger sandwiches

Who would be in your fantasy brigade? Nico Ladenis, Richard Shepherd, Sat Bains, Andrew Fairlie and Alain Roux

Michel Roux, chef-restaurateur

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