Michel Roux, Jr.

Michel Roux, Jr.
Michel Roux Jnr
Born 23 May 1960 (1960-05-23) (age 51)
Pembury, Kent[1]
Cooking style French
Nouvelle Cuisine
Education Patissier Hellegouarche
Le Gavroche
Alain Chapel
French Army/Elysee Palace
Pierre Koffman
Emanuel School
Official website

Michel Roux Jnr (born Michel Albert Roux on 23 May 1960 in Pembury, Kent),[1] is a British two-star Michelin chef at the London restaurant, Le Gavroche.[2]



The son of fellow Michelin starred chef Albert Roux, he undertook apprenticeship work with Master Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris.[1] From summer 1979 through January 1980, he worked as a commis de cuisine at Le Gavroche, under both his father and his uncle Michel Roux. He then spent two years as a commis de cuisine trainee under Alain Chapel at his hotel and restaurant in Mionnay, in the Rhône-Alpes region near Lyon.[1][2]

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 François Mitterrand. 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.[2]

Returning to London, in August 1983 he learnt accountancy at Finlay Robertson, before becoming the Sous Chef at Gavers. He then took the opportunity to work with renowned chef Pierre Koffman 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, in Bray, Berkshire in 1985, before working with his father at Le 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.[2] When his father retired in 1993, Michel Jr took over the world famous restaurant.

A food consultant to the Walbrook club since 2003, he also consults for the fine dining providers Restaurant Associates. Roux has also written several books, including 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.[3]

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, and on "Junior Bake Off" also 'The Apprentice UK series 7'.

Personal life

Roux is married to Giselle, a Frenchwoman. She has worked in the restaurant business for years, although she is currently the secretary for Le Gavroche.[4] The couple have a daughter, Emily, who is undertaking catering training in France. The family lives in London.[3]

A lover of alcohol, Roux doesn't drink between Monday and Friday,[5] but enjoys Krug champagne on the weekend. Roux is an honorary member of Harlequin F.C.[6] 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).[1][3]


  • Le Gavroche Cookbook (2001), London: W&N (Orion), ISBN 978-0304355730
  • The Marathon Chef: Food for Getting Fit (2003), London: W&N (Orion), ISBN 978-0297843092
  • Le Gavroche Cookbook: Ten Recipes from One of the World's Great Restaurants (2005), London: Phoenix, ISBN 978-0297843924
  • Matching Food And Wine: Classic And Not So Classic Combinations (2005), London: W&N (Orion), ISBN 978-0297843795
  • Michel Roux: A Life In The Kitchen (2009), London: W&N (Orion), ISBN 978-0297844822
  • Cooking with The Master Chef: Food For Your Family & Friends (2010), London: W&N (Orion), ISBN 978-0297863090


External links

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