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1967, Michel, with his brother Albert opened Le Gavroche in
Lower Sloane Street, London. Neither had ever worked in a
restaurant before. They had both worked in private houses
since starting their cooking careers each at the age of 14.
Michel had worked for the British Embassy in Paris and was
the head chef for Cécile de Rothschild when the time
came to move across the channel.
two brothers offered a menu never before seen in London and
Le Gavroche was packed from the first day it opened. Five
more restaurants followed as well as The Waterside Inn in
Bray. Over the decades they started other businesses including
outside catering, a patisserie, a boucherie and helped several
young chefs to start their own business, including Pierre
Koffman at la Tante Clair and Christian Germain at Château
de Montreuil at Montreuil sur Mer in France.
time passed, the empire changed, grew and re-grouped. However
there are still two Rouxs at The Waterside Inn. The young
generation has grown and Michel's son Alain now works alongside
second hat is one of author and has written seven cookery
books that have been translated and sold around the globe.
His autobiography Life is a Menu was published In October.
His long career and the indelible contribution he has made
to the food industry have resulted in various awards from
the Trade and also the French Government. At the end of 1999,
the British Catering Trade voted Michel "The man of the
you would like to find out more about Michel Roux the Chef
and Michel Roux the person then you need to read his new book,
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