Michel Roux

Classic French Cuisine: The Roux Way Part 1

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Course Description

This classic French cookery course is taught by Michel Roux Jr, from his kitchen at the globally influential Le Gavroche restaurant.

Two-Michelin starred Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr has been at the helm of Le Gavroche since 1991. He now invites you to join him in his kitchen to learn how to prepare classic French dishes in your own home. You'll be following in the footsteps of over more than thirty Michelin starred chefs who have trained at Le Gavroche, including Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Monica Galetti.

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, the preparation, the seasoning…the care.

He will then show you how to prepare an Omelette soufflé. This recipe and technique has never before been shared outside Le Gavroche's kitchen.

Then you'll learn how to cook the brasserie staple, ‘Steak Frites’, along with iconic French sauces, dressed salads, and classic French potato side dishes.

Throughout the course Michel Roux Jr shares his own chef’s secrets, demonstrating techniques learnt through years of experience training the world’s top chefs. You'll get a unique insight into Michel Roux Jr's world and techniques, and learn about his cooking philosophy and the influence of his culinary hero, Georges Auguste Escoffier.

This course is the first course of Classic French Cuisine: The Roux Way. The three courses together take you from beginner to expert French cuisine skills.

You'll learn:

  • how to make the perfect omelette and omelette souffle
  • French cooking techniques
  • how to make classic sauces including red wine, truffle sauce and madeira
  • dressing the perfect salad
  • three classic French potato dishes - dauphinoise, potato boulangere and potato rosti
  • how to cook steak frites

Time to complete the French cooking course:

Every student is different but in general we think the whole course will take around 14 hours 30 minutes to complete including:

  • Video lesson: 2 hours 30 minutes in total
  • Course notes: 30 minutes per lesson
  • Assignment: at least 2 hours per lesson
  • Interactive classroom time: 15 minutes per lesson

You'll need:

The ingredients for each recipe are in the class notes. You'll be cooking along with chef Michel so you'll need standard kitchen equipment.

This course is suitable for cooks and chefs at all levels - from home cooks who want to get started in the kitchen to professional chefs who want to learn French cooking skills from chef Michel Roux Jr.

The course includes:

  • 4 on-demand video lessons - presented by chef Michel Roux Jr
  • lifetime access to the video, notes and recipes and interactive class
  • flexible classes - join and learn when and where you like
  • downloadable lesson notes
  • practical (optional) French cookery assignments
  • access on your mobile, PC, Mac or laptop
  • small interactive online classroom chat online to students from around the world

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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.

    Lesson length: 26 minutes

    Assignment: Create your own omelette soufflé

  • 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.

    Lesson length: 58 minutes

    Assignment: Create one/all of the sauces demonstrated in the lesson

  • 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.

    Lesson length: 27 minutes

    Assignment: Using local/seasonal produce, create a salad using the techniques demonstrated in the lesson

  • 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.

    Lesson length: 42 minutes

    Assignment: Prepare your final potato dish. Choose either Roux dauphinoise. potato boulangère or potato rost and present the dish alongside your steak and salad.

Its given me a huge boost, and a lot more knowledge - I'm so glad I took part.


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Meet Michel Roux

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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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  • Royal Horticultural Society - Approved Centre 2023-2024
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