Michel Roux Snr
Revered as one of the godfathers of modern cuisine in the UK, Michel Roux helped put Britain firmly on the culinary map.
Born in France in 1941, he moved to the UK and in 1967 opened Le Gavroche with his brother Albert, winning Britain’s first Michelin star.
Between 1969 and 1996, Roux Restaurants started a catering service, a freight company to ship their produce and opened a number of restaurants and brasseries in London. The Waterside Inn in Bray opened in 1972, which gained its third Michelin star in 1985. The brothers separated their businesses in 1986, Michel taking over the Waterside Inn and Albert taking on Le Gavroche. In both cases, their sons now run the kitchens.
Countless culinary accolades followed and Michel was named AA Chef’s Chef 2004. The brothers’ most significant legacy is that they trained so many of today’s top chefs including Pierre Koffman, Marco Pierre-White and Gordon Ramsay.