Michel Roux, the legendary French chef behind a number of three-Michelin-starred restaurants, has died aged 79.
Renowned for his huge effect on British gastronomy since opening Le Gavroche with his brother Albert in 1967, tributes have been pouring in for Roux from across the industry following his death from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
His family released a statement saying: “It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE. The family would like to thank everyone for their support during his illness. While many of you will share our great sense of loss, we request privacy for the family at this difficult time.
"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”.
Roux gained three Michelin stars for La Gavroche in 1982, two of which it still holds to this day, while his brother and he also opened Bray’s Waterside Inn in 1972 and it was awarded three Michelin stars in 1985, all of which it retains to this day. It is the only restaurant in the UK to have held three stars for over three decades.