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Biographies


Find out about the chefs in the Roux family who teach our cooking experiences at the Michel Roux Jr Cookery School.

Michel Roux Jr, son and nephew of pioneering French chefs Albert and Michel Roux Sr, grew up in south London not far from Cactus Kitchens. In 1976, at the age of 16, he embarked on his cooking career, taking the helm at the family's restaurant, Le Gavroche in 1991.

A tireless champion of food and cooking, and with numerous books to his name, Michel is a familiar face on TV.  Most recently on First Class Chefs for the Disney Channel and Kitchen Impossible for C4.

 

Steve Groves competed on Masterchef: The Professionals in 2009 and went on to win the competition. Prior to entering he was working at Launceston Place. The following year Michel appointed him Senior Sous Chef at the newly opened Roux at Parliament Square. Promoted to Head Chef in 2013, Steve appears regularly at food festivals in and around London.

 

Chris King has been cooking for the Roux family of restaurants for over 10 years. Chris completed his apprenticeship at Le Gavroche, rising to the position of Sous Chef, before going to New York in 2008 to cook with Thomas Keller at Per Se. On his return to London and Le Gavroche, Chris was appointed Chef de Cuisine at Roux at the Landau. Recently he was promoted to Executive Chef on behalf of Chez Roux at The Langham, London hotel and oversees all food operations.

 

Toby Stuart began his cooking career with a work placement at Gordon Ramsay's Aubergine in 1997. Stints at celebrated restaurants in England and France followed, including Clivedon in Berkshire and Richard Neats in Cannes. After two years as Head Chef at Roux at Parliament Square, Toby is now Executive Chef for Chez Roux, overseeing operations at hotels (including Andy Murray's hotel, the Cromlix) and events including Henley and Wimbledon.


Rachel Humphrey
began working as an apprentice at Le Gavroche in 1996. Rachel worked her way up the brigade, taking a break in 2000 to serve as a cook in the RAF. She returned as Chef de Partie in 2003 and continued her ascent becoming the restaurant’s first female Head Chef in 2008. As Executive Chef at Le Gavroche she oversees the entire kitchen and special events.



Bridget Colvin is an accomplished cook and teacher who has worked with Michel Roux Jr and our Roux chefs at Cactus Kitchens for several years. Sought after by chefs for her expertise and experience, Bridget also regularly works alongside Jimmy Doherty and Gennaro Contaldo. She develops recipes for cookbooks and magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Olive and Delicious. In demand as a new product developer, Bridget is currently working on several innovative projects including Yorica frozen yoghurt and ice cream.

 

Didier Quémener transformed his love for the culinary arts into a profession in 2008 when he founded Chef Q, a private chef service based in his adopted hometown of Paris. His company offer cookery tours and lessons in Paris and he’s travelled as far as China to teach pastry and French cuisine. Didier worked with Michel Roux Jr, on his BBC4 documentary Patisserie and his Channel 4 series, Kitchen Impossible.

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