Albert is one of the world’s best-known chefs. In 1967 he and his younger brother, Michel Roux, opened Le Gavroche, Britain’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, in London. The brothers have gone on to train other famous chefs, such as Marco Pierre White.
Albert Roux OBE, the son of a charcutier, was born at 67 Grande Rue, Semur-en-Brionnais, Saône-et-Loire. Upon leaving school, he initially decided to train as a priest at the age of 14, however he decided that the role was not suited for him and sought other employment and instead trained as a chef. His godfather worked as a chef for Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and arranged for Albert, at the age of 18, to be employed working for Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor.
In 1967 he and his younger brother Michel opened Le Gavroche, on Lower Sloane Street in London. It became the first restaurant in Britain to win a Michelin star, the first to win two, and the first to win three in 1982. The restaurant became a favourite of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
In 1974, he and Michel set up the Roux Scholarship to enable up and coming chefs to get a start in the industry. During his time in the kitchen, he trained several other chefs who went on to gain Michelin stars of their own, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing.
Albert continues to run a series of restaurants around the world, though his company Roux Consultancy, including one at the Greywalls Hotel in Muirfield, Gullane, and Brasserie Roux at the Sofitel St. James.
In a poll of UK chefs carried out by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine in 2003, Albert and his brother Michel were voted the most influential chefs in the country. In 2006, he and Michel were jointly given the Lifetime Achievement Award by S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Albert has a love of fishing, and has traveled around the world to pursue his hobby, but is particularly fond of Scotland, saying “For me, the Highlands and islands of Scotland are paradise. I can have whole days where I catch nothing, but I still enjoy every second. I am a lover of nature and fishing allows me access to some of the most beautiful and secluded spots in the world.”
As one of the most influential chefs to have ever picked up a chopping knife, Albert Roux is in much demand as a speaker for his memories and wisdom.