Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr

Infobox Chef
name = Michel Roux Jr

caption =
birthdate = birth date and age|1960|05|23|mf=y
birthplace = England
deathdate =
deathplace =
style = French
Nouvelle Cuisine
education = Patissier Hellegouarche
"Le Gavroche"
Alain Chapel
French Army/Elysee Palace
Pierre Koffman
ratings =
restaurants = "Le Gavroche" Rating|2|3
prevrests =
television = "Hell's Kitchen"
awards =
website = http://www.michelroux.co.uk

Michel Roux Jr (born Michel Albert Roux on 23 May, 1960 in England), is a two star Michelin Guide French chef at the London restaurant, "Le Gavroche."citeweb|url=http://www.hub-uk.com/chefsbios/michelrouxjr.htm|title=Biography : CHEF MICHEL ROUX JR|publisher=Hub UK|accessdate=2008-08-28]


The son of fellow Michelin starred chef Albert Roux, he undertook apprenticeship work with Master Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris. From summer 1979 through January 1980, he worked as a Commis de Cuisine at "Le Gavroche," under both his father and uncle Michel Roux. He then spent two years as Commis de Cuisine trainee under Alain Chapel at his hotel and restaurant in Mionay, in the Rhone-Alpes region near Lyon.

After undertaking basic training with the French Army, from February 1982 to March 1983 he served his military service at the Elysee Palace, working for both Presidents Giscard d'Estaing and Francois Mitterand. Having finished his military service, Roux then worked for four months in Paris: two months at Charcuterie Gérard Mothu in St-Mandé; and then two months at Boucherie Lamartine on the Avenue Victor Hugo.

Returning to London, in August 1983 he learnt accountancy at Finlay Robertson accounts, before becoming the Sous Chef at Gavers. He then took the opportunity to work with renowned chef Pierre Koffmann at his Chelsea restaurant "La Tante Claire," reverting to the rank of Commis Chef to do so. From October to December 1983, he worked at the Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong.

Having served his apprenticeship and training mainly away from the Roux brothers British business empire, he joined his uncle at the Waterside Inn, Bray, Berkshire in 1985, before working with his father at "La Gavroche" from the April of the same year. He then worked in and managed the Roux brothers catering business for three years, before returning to "Le Gavroche" in 1990, the year the two brothers split their business down family lines. When his father retired in 1993, Michel Jr took over the world famous restaurant.

A food consultant to the Wallbrook club since 2003, he also consults for the fine dining providers Restaurant Associates. Roux has also written three books: Le Gavroche Cookbook; The Marathon Chef; and Matching Food and Wine, which was named the best book on matching wine and food at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Roux has made various television appearances, including on his friend Gordon Ramsay's ITV1 produced "Hell's Kitchen," and as an expert judge on BBC2's professional edition of "Masterchef."

Personal life

Married to a French woman, the couple have a daughter who is considering catering college. The family live in London.citeweb|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3190/is_38_41/ai_n27391304|title=Michel Roux Jr. keeps tradition alive at Le Gavroche|author=Amanda Mosle Freidman|publisher=Nation's Restaurant News|date=2007-09-24|accessdate=2008-08-28]

A lover of alcohol, Roux doesn't drink between Monday to Friday, [citeweb|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/raiseyourgame/pages/michel_roux.shtml|title=Mind & Body - Michel Roux Jr|publisher=BBC Wales|accessdate=2008-08-28] but enjoys Krug champagne on the weekend. Roux is an honorary member of Harlequin F.C. [citeweb|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/england/2291722/Michel-Roux-Jr-savours-flavours-of-two-nations.html|title=Michel Roux Jr savours flavours of two nations|publisher=The Telegraph|date=2008-02-14|accessdate=2008-08-28] and is a keen marathon runner, having run the London marathon 17 times to raise funds for the children's charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action).


External links

* [http://www.michelroux.co.uk Michel Roux's personal website]

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