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French Chef Albert Roux dies aged 85

French restaurateur and chef Albert Roux has died at the age of 85. 

Roux who owned Le Gavroche, a two Michelin-star restaurant in London with his late brother Michel was said to be “unwell for some time”, before his passing on 4 January 2021. 

The venue which opened in 1967 and served classical French food was one of the first restaurants in the UK to win a Michelin-star reward. 

Fans of the chef such as food critic Jay Rayner have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the chef. 

In a post Rayer said: “Albert Roux was an extraordinary man, who left a massive mark on the food story of his adopted country. The roll call of chefs who went through the kitchens of Le Gavroche alone, is a significant slab of a part of modern UK restaurant culture. RIP.”

A spokesperson for the family said : “The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4 th January 2021. Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.

“His son, Michel Roux Jr, says that Albert’s sheer love of life and passion for making people happy through his food will be greatly missed.”

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