Chef Albert Roux and his late brother Michel opened Le Gavroche in London – the first restaurant in Great Britain to be awarded a Michelin star

The well-known French chef and restaurateur Albert Roux has died at the age of 85, his family announced

The Roux family said the chef who was famous for opening Le Gavroche in London with his brother Michel Roux, who died last year, was unwell for some time before he died on Monday

Le Gavroche first brought Parisian-style fine dining to the capital in 1967 and became the first restaurant in Great Britain to be awarded a Michelin star – and broke records again in 1982 as the first, the three, the ultimate, to receive an award in the World of haute cuisine

Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Marcus Wareing are among the many famous chefs who, under the guidance of the Roux brothers, have earned their strips in the kitchen of Le Gavroche

Albert’s son Michel Roux Jr In a statement on Instagram, acknowledged that his love for life and his passion for making people happy through his food would be greatly missed

“He’s been a mentor to so many people in the hospitality industry and a real inspiration to aspiring chefs, including myself,” he said

Food critic Jay Rayner headed the awards on Twitter and said: “Albert Roux was an extraordinary man who made a massive impact on the food history of his adopted country

“The appeal of the chefs, who walked through the kitchens of Le Gavroche alone, is an important part of modern British restaurant culture REST IN PEACE”

TV chef James Martin described Roux as “a real titan of the food scene in this country” while the Michelin Guide paid tribute to “a father of the British restaurant industry”

Albert Roux OBE was a father of the UK restaurant industry along with his late brother Michel, and his legacy will live on through the many chefs who have walked his kitchen, all of us from the Michelin Guide, with our deepest condolences to the Roux family

your brother and say thank you for everything My thoughts to the whole family and friends of Roux

Animal welfare organization PETA also paid tribute to the chef for speaking up about foie gras, a food product made from the liver of a fattened duck or goose that is banned in several countries

“This multiple Michelin-starred French chef has shown many people that foie gras is animal cruelty,” PETA said. “He famously said that, like cigarettes, it should contain a warning of the dire suffering of ducks and geese were abused for their production We will never forget him “

Albert Roux ‘death comes 10 months after the death of his younger brother Michel in March 2020 at the age of 78

Alongside Le Gavroche, the entrepreneurial brothers founded the Roux Scholarship in 1984 to help British chefs train in restaurants around the world.Former scholars include the late Andrew Fairlie, Sat Bains and Frederick Forster

Originally from the small town of Charolles in central France, the brothers came to London at a time when British capital was not known for sophisticated gastronomy

One of the real culinary greats left us Merci Koch My thoughts are with the Roux family and the army of chefs that have influenced you over the years You will be missed but never forgotten RIP #AlbertRoux picTwittercom / 5VmXIOADul

At first they took turns in the kitchen and dining room at Le Gavroche in Sloane Square, Chelsea, but the restaurant’s success meant they would soon be able to hire others

In 1972 the couple branched out, buying the traditional country pub The Waterside Inn in the Berkshire village of Bray on the banks of the Thames and turning it into a restaurant and cocktail bar

In 1986 the brothers separated their business interests and Michel and his son Alain Roux continued to run the Waterside Inn, which Alain continues to run

Albert and Michel Roux Jr retained control of Le Gavroche, which is now based in Mayfair

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