James Martin inundated with support over sad message about colleagues he’s ‘lost’

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James Martin, 49, has reflected on the New Year by “remembering the legends” that we have lost in the cooking industry. The chef was inundated with support as he left a touching message to the infamous Roux brothers.

Thoughts to all the Roux family and beyond.

James Martin

James featured many chefs on his cooking show, James Martin’s Saturday Morning, including the Roux brothers.

Taking to Twitter, James left a touching message to the brothers on Tuesday in view of his 714,300 followers.

Along with three pictures of the brothers, including two of James with them he penned: “Remembering the legends we have lost a year on from Albert… thoughts to all the Roux family and beyond.”

Many took to the comments to remember the chefs and the lost talent of 2021.

LionelUrquhart said: “Many many Michelin stars in the UK came directly from the Roux brothers.”

WendyWr71175230 added: “A lot has happened in 12 months, so sad.”

Karen_dunmore commented: “Remembering special and much missed friends xx.”

Michel Roux, one of the brothers, was a French chef and restaurateur working in Britain.

Together he and his brother Albert, had been described as the “godfathers of modern restaurant cuisine in the UK”.

Michel died in March 2020 at his home in Berkshire aged 78, following a history of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

IPF is a rare progressive illness of the respiratory system, characterised by the thickening and stiffening of lung tissue, leading to a decline in liver function.

Michael’s brother, Albert was also a critically acclaimed chef, with the brothers operating Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars.

Albert died in London on January 4 last year following a long illness, aged 85.

A statement from his family at the time said: “The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age of 85 on 4th January 2021.

“Albert is credited, along with his late brother, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.”

His son, Michel Roux Jr added: “He was a mentor for so many people in the hospitality industry, and a real inspiration to budding chefs, including me.”

Michael Roux Jr took over the running of Le Gavroche, which still holds two Michelin stars.

James has had all three of the Roux family featured on his cooking show, James Martin’s Saturday Morning, regularly since it aired in 2017.

Prior to this Martin presented the BBC cookery series Saturday Kitchen from 2006 until 2016, when he left the BBC.

You can watch James Martin’s Saturday Morning today on ITV at 9.25am.

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