Michel Roux’s brilliant career began at the age of fourteen with a three-year apprenticeship at the Patisserie Loyal in Paris. After a two-year stint at the British Embassy in Paris, followed by military service, he entered the private house of Mademoiselle Cecile de Rothschild to become her chef de cuisine. In 1967, Michel and his brother Albert opened their first restaurant, the highly acclaimed Le Gavroche in London. Five years later, they opened The Waterside Inn in Bray, which has consistently achieved 3 Michelin stars. He was awarded the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France en Patisserie in 1976 and made Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite eleven years later. Michel and Albert Roux have written several books, including the prize-winning New Classic Cuisine; French Country Cooking; Desserts: A Lifelong Passion; Sauces and his memoir Life is a Menu.