Albert Roux, OBE

Albert Henri Roux was born on 8 October 1935 at Semur-en-Brionnais, in the region of Saone et Loire in France. 

At the age of 14 he began is life-long passion with the culinary arts as he commenced his career as an apprentice patissier.

As a callow youth of 18 years, he came to the UK to spend time as a commis de cuisine in the old hierarchical environment within Nancy Astor's country home at Clivedon.  Moving up the culinary ladder, he spent one year at the French Embassy in London, followed by his first tenure as a chef at the home of Sir Charles Clore in Belgravia.  He was then called on to serve his Military Service in Algeria, during which time he was invited on occasion to cook for the Officers' Mess.

Upon leaving the Military, Albert took up the post as Sous Chef at the British Embassy in Paris, where he spent 2 years before leaving for the UK once again.  He was employed as chef to Major Peter Cazelet at the family estate at Fairlawne, Tonbridge in Kent.

He stayed with the Cazelet family for eight happy years.  It was the Cazelet family and many of their friends who encouraged and financially helped Albert to open his own restaurant Le Gavroche, which finally he did with his brother Michel in 1967.

Awards include

  • 1975 Chevalier du Merite Agricole
  • 1987 Officier du Merite Agricole
  • 1987 Honorary PhD by the Council for National Academic Awards
  • 1995 Winner of the Catey Lifetime Achievement Award (with brother Michel)
  • 2002 OBE
  • 2005 Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
  • 2007-8 AA Hospitality, AA Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2008  Winner of Silver Catey Award (with brother Michel)
Albert Roux, OBE

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