These days, Gordon, Marco and Jamie may be Britain’s best known chefs but, directly or indirectly, they all owe a debt of gratitude to an older culinary statesman: Albert Roux.
Through Le Gavroche, Albert and his brother Michel made sure that Britain got its first Michelin star; its first two stars and its first three star award. They set the stage for Britain’s current reputation as one of the best places in the world to eat out and Albert’s son Michel Roux jnr. is still holding the fort at Le Gavroche and on the nation’s telly screens.
Honest country cooking
These days, Albert, aged 80, is rather less concerned with chasing Michelin stars and prefers to concentrate on his Chez Roux restaurants.
He says of them: ‘I want to recreate the kind of restaurant I remember from my home town, offering good and honest country cooking. The kind of place you can go to eat without ringing the bank for permission.’
In Scotland, there are Chez Roux restaurants in many of the country’s best hotels including Cromlix, Greywalls, Inverlochy and Roxburghe – all of which feature every now and then on our Big Deal pages.
This Thursday 2nd June, Albert will be at The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course in the Borders with his granddaughter and chef Emily Roux.
The two chefs will giving a demonstration followed by a three course lunch.
This is the menu:
Razor clams, mushrooms and wild garlic
Pan-seared Loch Awe sea trout, Scottish asparagus, brown shrimp tortellini, tomato and black olive dressing
Brownie, mascarpone mousse and fresh strawberries
Tea or coffee and petit fours
The accompanying wines are:
Michel Roux & Michel Chapoutier Blanc Côtes du Roussillon 2014
Michel Roux & Michel Chapoutier, Rouge Côtes du Roussillon 2013
Tickets at £49.50 per person. There is more info here.