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Alain Roux on three Michelin stars: Things are never for life

By Peter Ruddick , 16-May-2012
Last updated on 16-May-2012 at 11:32 GMT

Alain Roux took over as chef patron of Bray's The Waterside Inn in 2002 and as the restaurant nears its fortieth birthday BigHospitality caught up with him to talk about the pressure of holding three Michelin stars and his passion for nurturing talent.

Since being founded by the legendary Roux brothers, Alain's father and uncle, in 1972, The Waterside Inn has maintained its reputation for classical French cookery at a beautiful riverside setting. It has featured in The World's 50 Best Restaurants  list twice and is famously the only restaurant outside France to hold three Michelin stars for more than 25 years.

Alain reveals continuity and keeping standards high takes a lot of his time and that of his team and admits of losing the accolade that: 'It will happen I guess - things are never for life'.

Speaking with BigHospitality, Alain also explained why since taking control of the restaurant from his father, Michel Roux Sr, helping young chefs through The Roux Scholarship had become a priority for him and how the development of the Heston Blumenthal empire in Bray had impacted The Waterside Inn.

To watch an exclusive video clip with Alain talking about whether he would consider following his cousin, Masterchef The Professional's Michel Roux Jr, into a more prolific TV career, like BigHospitality on Facebook .

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