Industry pays tribute to "legend" Michel Roux Sr

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The restaurant industry has been paying tribute to “titan of the hospitality industry” Michel Roux Sr following his death at the age of 78.

The chef and restaurateur passed away surrounded by family at his home in Bray, Berkshire following an illness.

Social media has been flooded with memories and praise for the late chef.

Fred Sirieix, who previously worked front of house at Roux’s restaurant Le Gavroche, tweeted: “RIP #MichelRoux​ You and your brother Albert changed the face of gastronomy, eating out and the world of restaurants in the UK. Every professional in this country are a proud descendant of your heritage. We owe you. Thank you #legend​”

Chef James Martin, who was joined by Roux for the 100th​ episode of his ITV show in February, said: ”Broken and so sad to let you know we have lost a legend and me a friend...words cannot describe what this man did for me in my life...he taught, he listened, he advised and he strengthened every part of what I do...Michel I love you, always have and always will...”

The official Michelin Guide account praised the chef as a ‘true titan of the hospitality industry’.

@MichelinGuideUK tweeted: “He inspired a whole generation of chefs and the UK restaurant scene would not be what is is today were it not for his influence.

"Our thoughts are with his family and the many who worked with this legendary chef.”

Chef Paul Heathcote wrote: "So very sad hearing the news that one of of our industry's true inspirational legends has passed away.

"Michel Roux was a catalyst and standard bearer for so many that fly the gastronomic flag today. My thoughts are with the Roux family #RIPMichelRoux"


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So sad to hear the news about Chef Michel Roux OBE. Beautiful words from @roux_scholarship - a competition that allowed me to make the acquaintance of such an inspiring Chef. Sending much love to the Roux Family, and the Scholarship family ❤️ We are deeply saddened to have lost our founding father, Michel Roux OBE. “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”. #michelroux

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