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Alain Roux

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Alain Roux
Alain Roux, photographed in 2005
Born (1968-03-27) 27 March 1968 (age 56)
London, England, United Kingdom
Culinary career
Cooking styleFrench cuisine
Current restaurant(s)

Alain Roux (born 27 March 1968),[1] is a British Michelin starred chef, and chef-patron of The Waterside Inn. He is one of the members of the Roux family, and son of Michel Roux.


Roux first decided to be a chef at the age of 14, something which his chef father, Michel Roux described as being equally "over the moon" and "disturbed" about.[2] Alain spent eight years in France training at various restaurants. He was sent first to the Pâtisserie Millet in Paris in 1984 to undergo an apprenticeship as a pastry chef. He stayed there until 1986 when the apprenticeship was completed, and he moved around a number of different Michelin starred restaurants for the rest of his time in France, including three starred Restaurant Pic, Le Domaine d'Orvault, La Bonne Etape, Château de Montreuil and La Côte Saint-Jacques.[1][3] Whilst in France, he served his period of military conscription as a chef at the Élysée Palace.[3]

Roux moved back to his family's Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, at the age of 23 in 1992 where he became a demi-chef de partie. In 1995, he became sous chef and he took over from his father as chef-patron of the Waterside Inn in 2002.[1][2][4] Before this, in 2000, he joined Relais Desserts, an international society of pastry chefs.[3]

Roux was chef-patron in 2010 when the Waterside Inn celebrated becoming the first restaurant outside France to hold three Michelin stars for 25 years.[5] Alain is one of the judges of the Roux Scholarship,[6][7] and has appeared as a celebrity chef judge on MasterChef: The Professionals.[8] In 2011, he developed new menus for the Business Premier class onboard Eurostar trains.[9]

Roux leads the 1-Michelin-starred French restaurant Le Normandie of the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Thailand from 1 December 2021 onwards.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Alain is a member of the Roux family. He is the son of Michel Roux, nephew of Albert Roux and cousin to Albert's son, Michel Roux, Jr.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Alain Roux, Esq's Biography". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Wood, Joanna (23 August 2007). "Michel and Alain Roux: A profile". Caterer and Hotelkeeper. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Carter, Simon; Darwood, Daniel (27 November 2009). "Chef Interview: Alain Roux (November 2009)". Fine Dining Guide. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  4. ^ Ruddick, Peter (16 May 2012). "Alain Roux on three Michelin stars: Things are never for life". Big Hospitality. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Michel and Alain Roux celebrate 25 years of three Michelin stars at the Waterside Inn". Guide Girl. 19 May 2010. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  6. ^ "The Roux Scholarship 2011 - judges Alain Roux and Michel Roux Jnr". Table Talk. 19 April 2011. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Alain Roux". The Roux Scholarship. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Claire Lara wins Masterchef: The Professionals 2010". Guide Girl. 2 November 2010. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Eurostar upgrades its Business Premier Class". Easy Voyage. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  10. ^ คัวดรี้, วรรษชล (24 November 2021). "It's Official! เชฟ Alain Roux จาก The Waterside Inn เตรียมนำทีม Le Normandie ตั้งแต่ 1 ธันวาคม 2564 เป็นต้นไป". The Standard (in Thai). Retrieved 26 November 2021.

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