Legendary French chef Albert Roux dies at 85

London - Albert and his brother Michel brought Paris-style fine dining to London

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Published: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 3:21 PM

Last updated: Wed 6 Jan 2021, 3:30 PM

Albert Roux, the co-founder of the Michelin-starred Le Gavroche and part of the Roux culinary dynasty died at the age of 85, on January 4 after a lengthy illness.

The tragic news comes just 10 months after his brother, celebrated French chef Michel Roux, who brought Paris-style fine dining to London in the 1960s and founded an enduring dynasty of chefs, died aged 79 in March 2020.

According to his son, Michel Roux Jr, Albert had been unwell for a while. Albert Henri Roux was born on 8 October 1935 at Semur-en-Brionnais in the region of Saone et Loire in France. He started his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice pâtissier came to the UK when he was 18 years old.

Albert and his famous brother Michel, set up their popular restaurant, Le Gavroche, in1967 in the UK. The restaurant was one of the first in Britain to receive three Michelin stars. Following on from the successes of the restaurant, the brothers went on to open a few other award-winning eateries.

It was in 1986 that the brothers separated their business interests. Albert took over Le Gavroche, while his brother handled the Waterside Inn in Berkshire. Waterside Inn is the only restaurant in the world outside France to have retained three stars

Albert Roux (right) and his brother Michel Roux.
Albert Roux (right) and his brother Michel Roux.

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