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Michel Guérard was Honorary President of Judges for the Roux Scholarship 2018.

Legendary three star Michelin chef, Michel Guérard joined the Roux family as Honorary President of the Judges at the 2018 Roux Scholarship final.

Michel Guérard started his career as an apprentice pastry chef becoming head pastry chef at Hotel de Crillon, Paris. In 1958, at just 25 years old, he was awarded the coveted title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France. Guérard then furthered his excellent reputation cooking for some of the most reputable establishments in Paris. In 1965, the opening of his own restaurant Le Pot-Au-Feu marked the start of his foray into the world of Michelin star success, being awarded his first Michelin star in 1967, and the second in 1971, putting Le Pot-Au-Feu at the heart of the Parisian gastronomic scene.

In the early 1970s, Michel Guérard, alongside chefs Paul Bocuse, Roger Vergé, Troisgros brothers and Alain Chapel, championed the movement of French Cuisine and today are considered to be the founding fathers of Nouvelle Cuisine. However, it was Guérard’s passion for produce, the art of healthy and gourmet living, the love for his wife Christine Barthélémy, which led him to move from Paris to Les Prés d’Eugénie, in the spa village of Eugénie-les-Bains, in southwest France. Here he developed a healthy yet delicious diet (called Grande Cuisine Minceur® – great slimming cuisine) to complement the spa. Guérard won his first Michelin star for Les Pres d’Eugenie in 1974 and his second just a year later, with a third coming in 1977. He has held three Michelin stars continuously ever since, celebrating his 41st anniversary this year.

A number of acclaimed chefs have trained in his kitchen including Alain Ducasse, Michel Troisgros, Gérald Passédat, Sébastien Bras and Daniel Boulud. The first Roux scholar Andrew Fairlie (1984) did his three-month stage at Les Pres d’Eugenie, as did Matthew Tomkinson (2005 scholar).