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Michel Roux sr has died

News comes today of the death of a legend in the UK restaurant scene, with the passing away of Michel Roux at the age of 79. The news was announced on his Instagram page:

 
 
 
 
 
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We are deeply saddened to have lost our founding father, Michel Roux OBE. “We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we’re so proud of all he’s achieved. A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake. For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm. But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds. Michel’s star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow”. #michelroux

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Michel Roux first made his name on Britain's culinary landscape when he opened Le Gavroche in 1967 (with his brother Albert) which is now run by his nephew Michel Roux Jr. Following Le Gavroche, he opened The Waterside Inn in Bray in 1972 which remains one of the country's very few three Michelin-starred restaurants. 

The Roux brothers have been hugely influential on generations of chefs in this country. They set up the Roux Scholarship to support up and coming chefs, with names like Sat Bains, Andrew Fairlie, Andre Garrett, Simon Hulstone, and Mark Birchall all being previous winners. A third generation of Roux restaurant excellence also continues with Emily Roux's Caractere

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