On the evening of Tuesday 16 October, Arena invites you to an evening with Michel Roux Jr. Join us inThe Langham, London's Palm Court for an exlusive insight into the life, career, motivations and aspirations of this celebrated chef.
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|6.00pm||Drinks reception and canapes|
|7.00pm||Three-course dinner with wine|
|8.30pm||After dinner speech by Michel Roux Jr. plus audience Q&A|
On the evening of Tuesday 16 October, Arena invites you to an evening with Michel Roux Jr. Join us at The Langham, London's Palm Court for an exclusive insight into the life, career, motivations and aspirations of this celebrated chef.
Michel Roux Jr was born in 1960 in Pembury, Kent, where his father Albert Roux worked as a private chef for the Cazalet family. His earliest food memories are the smells of the Fairlawne kitchen – pastry, sugar caramelizing and stews – where he played under the table while his father and mother Monique prepared the meals.
After deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps, he left school at 16 for the first of several challenging apprenticeships at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris from 1976 to 1979. He was then Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionay near Lyon, Michel’s biggest influence. His military service was spent in the kitchens at the Elysée Palace at the time of Presidents Giscard d’Estaing and François Mitterrand. He also spent time at Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, and the Gavers Restaurant in London.
After a stint at the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong he returned to London and worked at La Tante Claire before joining the family business. He took over running Le Gavroche in 1991, gradually changing the style of cooking to his own – classic French with a lighter, modern twist.
Michel opened Roux at Parliament Square in May 2010 with Restaurant Associates, part of the Compass Group UK and Ireland. And in November 2010, he opened Roux at The Landau at London’s prestigious luxury hotel, The Langham. Michel further strengthened his relationship with The Langham and in 2015 announced that Chez Roux Ltd would operate the hotels food and beverage outlets and conference and events banqueting.
Michel was a judge and presenter on the BBC’s popular prime time show, MasterChef: The Professionals, from 2008 to 2013, and presented the series Great British Food Revival. Michel fronted BBC2’s Food and Drink, in 2014 and presented a documentary on Escoffier, whose revolutionary approach to fine cuisine has inspired Michel and many others. In the same year, Michel went on a journey to create the perfect chocolate for the Le Gavroche Kitchen. Filmed by the BBC, in Paris he discovered chocolatiers, Cacao Barry and their Or Noir Lab. 2015 saw Michel lead the BBC 2 programme, Michel Roux’s Service, with Fred Sirieix, in which they set out on a personal mission to train eight young people as front-of-house superstars. Michel’s enthusiasm for the next generation continued to grow in his most recent projects outside of the kitchen. The four-part Channel 4 series in 2015, Kitchen Impossible, explored the hurdles faced by people with disabilities and mental health issues when finding employment. Michel then went on to present a new program on his first ever solo project with the Disney Channel: First Class Chefs, which launched in June 2015. The show follows kids aged 9-11 competing to showcase their restaurant skills. In Michel’s most recent series, Channel 4’s Hidden Kitchens, broadcast in 2017, he delves deeper into his passion and close, personal relationship with the kitchen, uncovering inspiring and unconventional restaurants throughout the UK.
In 2017, Michel launched his sixth cookbook, Les Abats hoping to change the way we think about offal. His other books include The French Kitchen, Cooking with the Masterchef: Food for your family & friends; Le Gavroche Cookbook; The Marathon Chef; Matching Food and Wine; and Michel Roux: A Life In The Kitchen.
Always keen to support and develop the hospitality industry, Michel plays a key role in the Roux Scholarship, a competition for chefs under 30 who are working as chefs in the UK that gives them the opportunity to win a three-month stage at any three star Michelin restaurant in the world, all expenses paid. Michel is also involved in other educational bodies such as The Savoy Educational Trust: an independent, grant giving charitable trust, whose main aim is to advance and develop education, training and qualifications within the hospitality industry; The College in Bournemouth & Poole; and is the UK Judge of the Prix Culinaire Taittinger.
Branching out into home kitchens, Roux Lifestyle Ltd was formed in January 2015.The initial focus of the company is on a range of upper mid to premium brand kitchen sinks, taps and hot taps under the Roux Lifestyle name.
Known for nurturing small producers, Michel teamed up with Fourpure Brewing Company to create Roux Brew in 2015, a French Farmhouse-style beer exclusive to Le Gavroche. And to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Le Gavroche, Michel has teamed up with South London Gin distillery, Little Bird, to create a ‘Le Gavroche Gin’ with flavours of French lavender, pink grapefruit and fresh juniper.
Michel is a keen sportsman and he ran his 21st marathon in 2015 to raise funds for VICTA, a charity supporting visually impaired children. He is also an honorary member of the Harlequins rugby club.
Michel continues the Roux family tradition with his daughter Emily Roux joining him in the kitchens of Le Gavroche. 2017 will see Michel celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Michelin-starred restaurant.
*Image of Michel Roux Jr. courtesy of Paul Heneker.
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