Michel Roux, the famous French-born chef credited with revolutionizing the British culinary arena after moving to London in the 1960s, has died aged 79.
He was suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Roux, who became an apprentice pastry chef at age 14 in Paris, moved to London along with his brother, Albert, in 1967 and opened Le Gavroche at Sloane Street.
In 1982 it became the first restaurant in Britain for three Michelin stars, which it retains to this day. The pair’s next restaurant, the Waterside Inn at Bray, obtained three Michelin stars in 1985.
As a young guy, Roux joined the family of Cécile de Rothschild and finally became her chef. He explained the span of his life as a”life-changing experience”
After moving to London and discovering success with Le Gavroche, the Roux brothers started the Roux Scholarship, which provided for young British chefs to research in France.
Also as his culinary success, Roux is the author of 12 novels and appeared frequently on television.
Tributes poured in from around the culinary globe on Wednesday.