For many years, Michel Roux Jnr has been the face of one of the most popular culinary programmes in the UK, becoming a mentor to many young chefs who competed every year to reach the pinnacle of Masterchef: The Professionals.
In Britain, the surname Roux is synonymous with the qualities of French haute cuisine. He has followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle who opened Le Gavroche in 1967 and instantly marked the revolution of restaurants in London.
An award-winning chef, Michel Roux is known for his deep respect for the classical foundations of French cooking. He now has three restaurants in London. Le Gavroche, which he took over in 1991 from his father, is classic French with a lighter modern twist and his two recent openings are Roux at Parliament Square and Roux at the Landau.
In the coming days, Food and Wine Gazette will feature an interview with the “Master Chef”. Michel speaks about how challenging it was to take over Le Gavroche from his father in the early 1990s. ‘It was the time that my father and I felt that I was ready, but it was certainly tough, probably the toughest time in my life.”
He speaks about the exciting UK food scene and says that Britain is more concerned than ever with the provenance of food.
Michel has been a mentor to many young chefs and he has one word of advice to them: “Ask questions and never give up.”
In the interview you will be able to read read about who he considers as a young chef to watch. He speaks about the main trends in the gastronomy world, his experience on television and the importance of guides and bloggers in today’s world. He speaks about food waste and shares his views on the controversial subject of taking photos of food in restaurants. He also gives his list of favourite places to eat in the UK and outside.
Read the full interview later this week on Food and Wine Gazette.