London (CNN) — Chef and restaurateur Albert Roux, founder of Britain’s initially Michelin-starred cafe, Le Gavroche, died on Monday following a lengthy health issues, his household explained in a assertion. He was 85 a long time outdated.

“The Roux family members has announced the unhappy passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a even though, at the age 85 on 4th January 2021,” the assertion reads.

“Albert is credited, alongside with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting off London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967,” the spouse and children extra.

Le Gavroche became Britain’s to start with Michelin-starred restaurant and some of the UK’s finest-recognised chefs labored in its kitchen area, together with Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White.

 Albert Roux in 1997

Albert Roux in 1997


Born in France in 1935, Roux moved to the United kingdom at the age of 18, and spent a long time going up the culinary ladder, operating in the French Embassy and various significant-close households.

Just after completing his navy company in Algeria and stints functioning as a chef in Paris and yet again in the Uk, Roux opened Le Gavroche, in Chelsea, London, which was later on awarded three Michelin stars — as did Roux’s Waterside Inn, opened in 1972.

“He was a mentor for so quite a few people today in the hospitality field, and a authentic inspiration to budding cooks, like me,” Roux’s son, chef and Tv identity Michel Roux Jr., mentioned in a assertion.

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner was among all those to spend tribute to the restaurateur and chef, composing on Twitter: “Albert Roux was an incredible person, who still left a significant mark on the foodstuff tale of his adopted place. The roll connect with of cooks who went by the kitchens of Le Gavroche on your own, is a considerable slab of a element of contemporary United kingdom cafe society. RIP.”

Gordon Ramsay expressed his unhappiness at Roux’s demise paying out tribute on Instagram to a “legend, the man who mounted Gastronomy in Britain.”

“We’ve shared the exact same office for the previous 10 years and going for walks up individuals stairs now is heading to be definitely tricky, thank you Albert for almost everything you gave me, God Bless you Chef,” he added.

Roux, pictured in the kitchen of Le Gavroche in 1989

Roux, pictured in the kitchen of Le Gavroche in 1989


Chef James Martin compensated tribute to Roux, whom he described as “a legitimate titan of the foodstuff scene in this region,” who “influenced and qualified some of the best and largest names in the enterprise.”

CNN’s Schams Elwazer contributed to this report.