‘True titan’ chef and restaurateur Albert Roux dies aged 85

Renowned French chef and restaurateur Albert Roux has died at the age of 85, his family has announced.

The Roux family said he had been unwell for some time before he died on Monday.

He was famous for opening Le Gavroche in London with his late brother Michel Roux, who died last year, in 1967. The restaurant became the first in the UK to receive a Michelin star.

Paying tribute in a statement on Instagram, his son, Michel Roux Jr said his love of life and passion for making people happy through his food would be greatly missed.

“He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me,” he said.

Food critic Jay Rayner led the tributes on Twitter, saying: “Albert Roux was an extraordinary man, who left a massive mark on the food story of his adopted country.

“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. RIP.”

TV chef James Martin described Roux as “a true titan of the food scene in this country”, while The Michelin Guide paid tribute to “a father of the UK restaurant industry”.

Albert Roux’s death comes 10 months after the death of his brother, Michel, in March 2020, at the age of 78.

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