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Michel Roux Jr

Classic French Cuisine: The Roux Way

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Course Description

There are few UK restaurants as globally influential as Le Gavroche. The Mayfair establishment has trained more than thirty Michelin starred chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Monica Galetti.

Two-Michelin starred Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr has been at the helm since 1991. He now invites you to join him in his kitchen to learn how to prepare classic French cuisine in your own home.

The UK's culinary legend gives you a behind closed doors insight into his world and techniques, teaching you his chef’s secrets, his philosophy and the influence of his culinary hero, Georges Auguste Escoffier.

The master chef will begin by showing you how to prepare an omelette Roux style – one of the first tasks he sets chefs who want to work with him. ‘You can tell a lot from an omelette’, he says ‘the preparation, the seasoning…the care.’ He will then show you how to prepare the truly Michelin starred omelette – an Omelette soufflé. This has never before been shared on TV or elsewhere.

For the rest of the course Roux will use brasserie staple, ‘Steak Frites’ to showcase some of the essentials of classic French cuisine. He will cover sauces, salads, side dishes and how to bring it all together.

Throughout the course Michel Roux Jnr shares his own chef’s secrets, demonstrating techniques learnt through years of experience training the world’s top chefs. Unlike simply following recipes, where it can be hard to perfect techniques, Michel teaches you through demonstration, and will then give you feedback on your own work.

Throughout this course, you will learn the secrets of ‘how’ as well as the ‘what’ to cook to master classic French cuisine. This relaxed and creative course is for enthusiasts through to professionals wanting to learn from a master chef, and for anyone who wants to learn how to curate a Michelin star dish at home.

Course outline

  • The Roux Philosophy

    In your first lesson you’ll be welcomed to this intimate course, introduced to the curriculum and given full access to the kitchen of the legendary Le Gavroche. Michel will give you an insight into his history, career and culinary philosophy and talk about the important role education plays in becoming a top chef - as well as explaining his excitement about interacting with all the students on this course and the journey he will take you on.

    The master chef will reveal one of the first challenges he sets chefs who want to work with him - preparing a basic omelette. He will demonstrate how you can prepare an omelette Roux style and then how to prepare the truly Michelin starred omelette – an Omelette soufflé.

    By the end of this lesson and assignment you will be immersed in the Roux philosophy, ready to develop the skills and values taught in the following lessons.

  • Stocks & Sauces

    In this lesson you will be given a solid understanding of basic stocks, how to use these to make some iconic sauces and how to bring this knowledge together to make the perfect steak with a pan-cooked sauce.

    Taking you through the stock preparation step by step, Roux will give you an understanding of just how fundamental stocks are to French cuisine - but also how versatile they are.

    You will then be shown how to make three very different classic sauces: red wine sauce, truffle and madeira sauce and finally pepper sauce.

    Finally, you will bring all your new knowledge and skills together to pan fry a steak with a sauce, just they do in Le Gavroche.

  • Pairing, preparing and dressing your salad

    One of Roux’s concerns is that many people (including many practising chefs!) do not know how to pick, prepare and dress salad.

    In this lesson, you will be shown how to make a mind-blowing dressed salad, but perhaps more important - shown how to make high quality, delicious and nutritious salads a part of your daily culinary routine.

    Roux starts with the basics - a walk through the different types of salad and their tastes, textures, seasonality – and how they can be combined.

    You will then be shown a variety of delicious dressings and how they should be paired. These will include a classic French dressing, a citrus dressing and a walnut dressing.

  • Iconic potato dishes

    In this lesson, Michel will show you three classic potato dishes, talking you through their heritage before showing you how they can be prepared as delicious sides - or meals in their own right.

    The first recipe is one which has been passed down through generations and is one of Roux’s personal favourites. He will show you the secret to a truly great Gratin Dauphinoise, demonstrating techniques and preparation skills that you can embellish. Next, you will be introduced to a Pomme Boulangère and finally shown how to create a Pomme Anna.

    By the end of this lesson you will have mastered a form of alchemy - turning a humble potato into something truly sublime.

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    • Start course whenever you like
    • 4 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 4 assignments marked by Michel Roux Jr
    • Certificate of completion from Michel Roux Jr
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
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    $299 $239.20
  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 4 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 4 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
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Learn better together

  • Online classroom

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students

    Start anytime and join a class of no more than 20 students
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    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson

    Practice what you learn with assignments after each lesson
  • Personal tuition

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors

    Exclusive assignment feedback from Expert Tutors
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    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

    Share ideas with classmates from around the world

Meet Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr - Food & Drink
Michel Roux Jr is the chef de cuisine at Le Gavroche, the first UK restaurant to achieve three Michelin stars.

There are few UK restaurants as globally influential as Le Gavroche. The Mayfair establishment has trained more than thirty Michelin starred chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Monica Galetti.

Two-Michelin starred Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr has been at the helm of Le Gavroche since 1991, when he took over from his father, Albert. It has been noted by critics that the Le Gavroche continues to maintain the highest of reputations amongst both diners and critics, and that this is a testament to the excellence of the food being prepared by Michel.

Roux trained in classical French cookery at Le Gavroche, as well as other restaurants in London, Hong Kong and Paris. This included military service working in the kitchens of the Elysee Palace. Michel also did a stint at The Waterside Inn, in Bray, Berkshire run by his uncle and the first restaurant outside France to hold three Michelin stars for 25 years.

Michel has written several cookbooks and first gained TV recognition appearing on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. He became one of the judges on BBC Two’s MasterChef: The Professionals, and fronts BBC Two’s Food & Drink programme.

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