Albert Roux: 'Extraordinary' French chef dies aged 85

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Albert Roux in the kitchen of Le Gavroche in 1989

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Chef and restaurateur Albert Roux, who brought great French cooking to the UK with his brother Michel, has died at the age of 85.

The pair made gastronomic history in 1982 when their London restaurant, Le Gavroche, became the first in Britain to earn three Michelin stars.

Albert’s death comes almost a year after Michel died at the age of 78.

In tribute, chef James Martin described Albert as “a true titan of the food scene in this country”.

He “inspired and trained some of the best and biggest names in the business”, Martin added.

Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, Pierre Koffman and Monica Galett are among the chefs who earned their stripes at Le Gavroche.

Albert Roux in 1997

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A family statement said: “The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4th January 2021.

“Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.”

His son Michel Roux Jr, who now runs Le Gavroche, said: “He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me.”

Albert and Michel Roux received honorary OBEs in 2002

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Food critic Jay Rayner described Albert Roux as “an extraordinary man who left a massive mark on the food story of his adopted country”.

He added: “The roll call of chefs who went through the kitchens of Le Gavroche alone, is a significant slab of a part of modern UK restaurant culture.”

The Roux dynasty (left-right): Alain Roux, Michel Roux Jnr, Michel Roux and Albert Roux in 2009

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