Albert Roux, Chef Who Brought French Cuisine to London, Dies at 85

Written by on January 7, 2021

Albert Roux in an undated photo. Le Gavroche, the restaurant he opened with his brother, Michel, in 1967, is credited with bringing fine French cuisine to London.
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(NY Times) – Albert Roux, the French-born chef whose London restaurant Le Gavroche was the first in Britain to earn three Michelin stars, died on Monday. He was 85.

His death was confirmed in a statement on the restaurant’s website, citing Mr. Roux’s family.

The statement said that Mr. Roux “had been unwell for a while” but did not give a cause of death or say where he died. Mr. Roux’s publicist, Shelley Sofier, said he died in London.

Mr. Roux and his brother, Michel, who died last year, brought fine dining to a new level in London with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967 on Lower Sloane Street in Chelsea. It was named after a character in Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Misérables,” a young boy whose name has become synonymous with the word “urchin.”

Le Gavroche was the only restaurant to offer classic French cooking in London at the time.

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