Michel Roux
Owner
Michel Roux Jr was born in 1960 in Pembury, Kent, where his father Albert Roux worked as a private chef for the Cazalet family. His earliest food memories are the smells of the Fairlawne kitchen – pastry, sugar caramelizing and stews – where he played under the table while his father and mother Monique prepared the meals. After deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps, he left school at 16 for the first of several challenging apprenticeships at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris from 1976 to 1979.
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Michel Roux
Owner
Michel Roux Jr was born in 1960 in Pembury, Kent, where his father Albert Roux worked as a private chef for the Cazalet family. His earliest food memories are the smells of the Fairlawne kitchen – pastry, sugar caramelizing and stews – where he played under the table while his father and mother Monique prepared the meals.

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After deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps, he left school at 16 for the first of several challenging apprenticeships at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris from 1976 to 1979. He was then Commis de Cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionay near Lyon, Michel’s biggest influence. His military service was spent in the kitchens at the Elysée Palace at the time of Presidents Giscard d’Estaing and François Mitterrand. He also spent time at Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, and the Gavers Restaurant in London.

After a stint at the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong he returned to London and worked at La Tante Claire before joining the family business. He took over running Le Gavroche in 1991, gradually changing the style of cooking to his own – classic French with a lighter, modern twist.

Michel opened Roux at Parliament Square in May 2010 with Restaurant Associates, part of the Compass Group UK and Ireland. And in November 2010, he opened Roux at The Landau at London’s prestigious luxury hotel, The Langham.

Michel was a judge and presenter on the BBC’s popular prime time show, MasterChef: The Professionals, and presented all series of ‘Great British Food Revival.’ Michel fronted BBC2’s ‘Food and Drink,’ in 2014 and presented a documentary on Escoffier, whose revolutionary approach to fine cuisine has inspired Michel and many others. In the same year, Michel went on a journey to create the perfect chocolate for the Le Gavroche Kitchen. Filmed by the BBC, in Paris he discovered chocolatiers, Cacao Barry and their Or Noir Lab.

In 2013, Michel launched his most recent cookbook, ‘The French Kitchen’. Focusing on traditional French home cooking, this is the fifth solo cookery book from Michel.

He is involved with the Roux Experience courses at the ‘Cactus Kitchens’ cookery school, with the Executive producer of Saturday Kitchen, Amanda Ross. Cactus Kitchens offers people the opportunity to learn to cook within small intimate groups from some of the UK’s finest chefs, on site above the Saturday Kitchen studios.

Michel has fronted a brand new four-part Channel 4 series, ‘The Diner’, exploring the hurdles faced by people with disabilities and mental health issues when finding employment. Michel also recently presented a new program on his first ever project with the Disney Channel. ‘First Class Chefs’ which launched in June 2015, is a show where kids aged 9-11 compete to showcase their restaurant skills.

Branching out into home kitchens, Roux Lifestyle Ltd was formed in January 2015.The initial focus of the company is on a range of upper mid to premium brand kitchen sinks, taps and hot taps under the Roux Lifestyle name.

Michel is a keen sportsman and he ran his nineteenth marathon in 2014, to raise funds for VICTA, a charity supporting visually impaired children. He is also an honorary member of the Harlequins rugby club.

Visit Michel Roux JR's website at www.michelroux.co.uk

Visit The Roux Scholarship website at www.rouxscholarship.co.uk

Rachel Humphrey
Head Chef
Rachel Humphrey joined Le Gavroche as an apprentice in 1996, working her way up to become the first female head chef at Le Gavroche in its 40 year history. As Head Chef, Rachel manages the entire kitchen - from preparation to plating up under the watchful eye of Michel Roux Jr. Rachel moved from apprentice to first Commis in 1998, became Chef de Partie in 2003 and was appointed Sous Chef in 2004 before taking the reins as Head Chef in April 2008. Loves sport and is a Luton Town FC Fan.
Emmanuel Landré MCA
General Manager
Emmanuel started at Le Gavroche as commis waiter in 1998, progressing to Maitre d', 1er Maitre d' and assistant manager. Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr. summarised the transition as follows: "Silvano is an institution, a dear friend, and so very loved by Le Gavroche and our customers. But with every closing chapter comes the start of a new one, and we are confident that Emmanuel will continue the tradition of excellence Silvano has built for so many years. These are exciting times."
Ursula & Silvia
Assistant Managers
Born in Austria, identical twins Silvia and Ursula Perberschlager are an important part of the Le Gavroche front of house team. Having worked at the restaurant since 2001, Silvia and Ursula have a passion for anything Japanese and both hold the position Maître d'hôtel. The twins are well known to the regular customers, who often say that they can only tell them apart, because Silvia wears a Le Gavroche pin, whilst Ursula does not.
Renee Miller
Sous Chef
Renee hails from Muskoka, Ontario in Canada. She studied at the acclaimed George Brown Chef’s School in Toronto until 2008 and has graced London with her presence and talent since 2010. Renee came to Le Gavroche in September 2011 and has risen to the position of sous chef. She supports the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team and knows nothing about football!
David Galetti MCA
Sommelier

David Galetti became Le Gavroche's Head Sommelier in June 2008, having first started his career with the restaurant in 2001 as an assistant to the sommelier. He continued in the role of assistant up until 2004, when he moved to Mauritius to manage another Roux venture, Le Gavroche Des Tropiques. David is married to the restaurant's Senior Sous Chef Monica Galetti, with whom he has a daughter.
In 2013 he was honoured as a Master of Culinary Arts for Restaurant Management & Service.
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Heather Applegate
Reservation Manager

Heather is proud to be an Essex girl and was born in Romford. After studying at Westminster Kingsway College she joined Le Gavroche in April 2011 as an apprentice, at the tender age of 17. Her roguish charm and easy affinity with customers has helped her grow into the role of Reservation Manager, which she attained in December 2012.

 

Edwina Simon
PA to Michel Roux
Edwina arrived in Bristol in 2011 after Postgraduate Legal studies in France and started at Le Gavroche Head Office in 2013 where she stayed for a year before recently returning as PA to Michel Roux. She likes the family spirit at Le Gavroche and returning felt like coming back home. Half Breton, Half Bearnese, Edwina grew up on French Islands mainly Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean where her mother and brother still live. She loves animals (and has fostered so many of them throughout the years at her mother’s house), children, long walks in the countryside and family is very important to her.
Working at Le Gavroche
Le Gavroche prides itself on the quality of its employees and the restaurant is always looking for dedicated people to join the team. Whether your passion lies front of house or in the kitchen, there are a wealth of opportunities at Le Gavroche.

If you would like to build a career in the hospitality industry and want to be part of Le Gavroche's prestigious team, contact Edwina Simon on 020 7627 8070 or email your CV to edwina@le-gavroche.com