Quadrille pays tribute to the late Michel Roux

Quadrille pays tribute to the late Michel Roux

Quadrille has paid tribute to Michel Roux, the French restaurateur, chef and author, who this week died aged 78.

Roux—whose London restaurant Le Gavroche became Britain's first three Michelin-star restaurant—died on Wednesday night (11th March) at his home in Berkshire following a long-standing lung condition.

"We are grateful to have shared our lives with this extraordinary man and we're so proud of all he's achieved," read a statement from his children, Alain, Francine and Christine. "A humble genius, legendary chef, popular author and charismatic teacher, Michel leaves the world reeling in his wake. For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm. But above all, we will miss his mischievous sense of fun, his huge, bottomless heart and generosity and kindness that knew no bounds. Michel's star will shine forever lighting the way for a generation of chefs to follow."

Roux was also a prolific food writer and the author of 15 books. Through the TCM he sold 282,374 books in all for £3.9m, with Sauces: Savoury and Sweet (Quadrille) his bestseller.

Quadrille, which has published Roux for the past two decades, hailed him "the embodiment of that great era of food publishing".

"I was deeply saddened to learn of Mr Roux’s passing," said publishing director Sarah Lavelle, "he was a man whose professionalism, dignity and knowledge inspired immediate respect. Michel was published by Quadrille for over 20 years, and in many ways he was the embodiment of that great era of food publishing—expert, perfectionist, original, writing with authority and integrity. His energy and passion still leap from the page, just as he radiated those qualities in person. Though there can be no more new Michel Roux books, we will look back on a collection of best-selling, world-beating food writing with gratitude and respect. Our thoughts are with Monsieur Roux’s family, and all our friends at the Waterside Inn."