Michel Roux Jr.

Part of perhaps the most famous family of chefs in the history of UK restaurants, Michel Roux Jr followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle to become one of the most esteemed names in the business.

Birthday: 23 May 1960

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Michel Roux Jr was born in Kent in 1960 to his father, chef Albert Roux, and his mother Monique and named after his uncle Michel Roux. At the point he was born, his father was working as a private chef for Peter Cazalet, but by the age of seven his father and uncle had opened an, at that point, relatively unknown restaurant in London called Le Gavroche.

Having been surrounded by food since a very young age, at the age of 16 Roux decided that he wanted to follow in footsteps of his father and uncle, and took the decision to leave school to undertake a two-year pastry apprentice under Henri Hellegouarch in Paris. After this, at the age of just 18, he had the opportunity to work as a commis chef in Alain Chapel's three Michelin-starred Mionay restaurant. He has, more recently, described Chapel as one of his biggest mentors.

After serving his military service at the Elysée Palace working the kitchens, Roux worked in the kitchens of various other top Parisian restaurants before returning to the UK to work in the family restaurants. By this point his father and uncle ran both The Waterside Inn in Bray and Le Gavroche both of which had three Michelin stars. Finally, in 1991 he took over the kitchen at Le Gavroche and began slightly changing the style of cooking to make it his own.

Roux has continued to manage Le Gavroche for over 30 years now while also becoming a familiar face on British TV and writing a number of cookbooks. He and his wife Giselle have a daughter called Emily who is has continued the trend by also becoming a chef, running her own restaurant in Notting Hill called Caractère.

Michel Roux Jr continues to be a huge name in the British culinary world, and along with his cousin Alain has ensured the Roux name will still live on in Michelin star kitchens for a while to come.

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Michel Roux Jr.'s Books

Michel Roux Jr has written a number of cookbooks over the course of his career including Le Gavroche cookbook, named after his London restaurant, as well as an autobiography.


Who is Michel Roux Jr?
Michel Roux Jr is an English chef best known for owning and running London restaurant Le Gavroche, where he holds two Michelin stars. He is also known for his many TV appearances and cookbooks.

How was Michel Roux Jr related to Michel Roux
Michel Roux was Michel Roux Jr's uncle.

Who is Michel Roux Jr's wife?
Roux's wife is called Giselle. She is French and has worked for the Roux family business for many years.

Where does Michel Roux Jr live?
Roux lives in London with his wife.

Who is Michel Roux Jr's daughter?
Roux's daughter, Emily Roux, is also a chef and currently owns and runs the kitchen at London restaurant Caractère

Michel Roux Jr.'s TV Shows

Over the years Michel Roux Jr has appeared on a number of different TV shows, but he is probably best known by the public for his former role as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.

Saturday Kitchen
2016 - 2019

Saturday Kitchen

First Class Chefs
2015 - 2015

First Class Chefs

The Roux Legacy
2012 - 2012

The Roux Legacy

Michel Roux's Service
2011 - 2011

Michel Roux's Service

MasterChef: The Professionals
2008 - 2013

MasterChef: The Professionals