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BIOGRAPHY CONSULTANCY RECRUITMENT
LE GAVROCHE
In the last five decades, Albert has made a huge impact on the British food industry and upon Britain's eating habits.

In April 1967, when Albert opened his first restaurant, Le Gavroche in London's Chelsea, his brother joined him and working together, they took turns in the kitchen and dining room, they had one aim: to achieve a worldwide reputation for the quality of their cuisine and service.

At the start Le Gavroche had a small and selective menu. The ingredients were always fresh and of tip-top quality. The brothers at first would go to market every day until they built up a circle of reliable and like-minded suppliers.

Le Gavroche continues to preserve the highest standards: standards for which it has always been justly famous.

Albert became a pioneer of cross-Channel shopping trips. (This of course ultimately gave rise to his own food transport company.) In 1982 he received the highest accolade of all – three stars in the Michelin guide – the first restaurant in Britain to be so honoured.

In 1988 Albert's son Michel Roux Jr joined Albert at Le Gavroche. Over a period of years Albert began to relinquish his day-to-day involvement until now it is Michel Jr who is the Executive Chef.

Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche continues to preserve the highest standards: standards for which it has always been justly famous. Michel Roux Jr's style is "modern French", or classical French cooking with a lighter and less rich approach, and subtly influenced by Mediterranean and Asian flavours and ingredients.

The untidy, wide-eyed ragamuffin seen here is the original Gavroche – the urchin whose name passed into usage in everyday French after his appearance in Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables". Chosen as a symbol by Albert, Le Gavroche has lent his name to the first and most famous of the Roux restaurants, and remains a recognisable figure in many Roux establishments – it symbolises a promise of excellent cuisine and superb service.

In 2010 father and son have joined forces again. Albert and Michel Jr. have teamed up under the banner of Chez Roux Ltd.