Renowned Chef, Albert Roux has been awarded the Hospitality Industry Trust’s (HIT) industry award for 2013. The Award was made at the Hospitality Industry Trust industry dinner on 18th April.
HIT is a Scottish based charity which raises funds to support & encourage excellence in the hospitality industry. The organisation has raised in excess of 10million, to inspire individuals to be the best they can be within Scottish hospitality and to date, 1054 scholarships and 10,000 bursaries have been awarded by HIT to people at all stages in their careers in hospitality.
Albert Roux received the Award for the contribution he has made to British hospitality and the time, energy and expertise he has spent on nurturing young talent in the industry.
After serving his apprenticeship at Cliveden, Roux served military service in Algeria for the French Forces. After the war, he worked in the British Embassy in Paris before returning to the UK.
In 1967 he and his younger brother Michel opened Le Gavroche, in London. It became the first restaurant in Britain to win a Michelin star, the first to win two, and the first to win three in 1982.
Roux himself launched The Roux Scholarship in 1984, to enable up and coming chefs to get a start in the industry and since then, he has helped thousands of chefs throughout the world. During his time in the kitchen, he trained several other chefs who went on to gain Michelin stars, including: Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White, Pierre Koffmann and Marcus Wareing.
He was awarded an OBE for services to the industry in 2002.
Albert continues to run a series of restaurants around the world including in Scotland, where his restaurants include: Chez Roux at Greywalls, Chez Roux at Rocpool Reserve Hotel, Chez Roux at Inver Lodge Hotel, Chez Roux at The Atholl in Edinburgh and Chez Roux at Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
On accepting his the HIT Industry Award, Roux said: “Scotland has always held a special place in my heart because I love your exceptional countryside and of course, the fishing but I also believe Scotland offers the very best in hospitality, from the raw ingredients to the warmth of your hospitality, Scotland is special.”
Paddy Crerar, Chairman of HIT said “For anyone working in our industry, Albert is a legend and not just for his food but for his enormous generosity in “giving back” to build the future of the industry and raise standards. This is what HIT is all about so it is absolutely fitting that we make this award to him.”