Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, Alain Roux of the Roux cooking dynasty needs little introduction. Specialising in traditional French fine-dining cuisine, Roux heads up Waterside Inn restaurant.

Chef patron of The Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, he is the son of Michel Roux and cousin of Michel Roux Jr, of Le Gavroche. Alain spent eight years in France training to be a chef, including stays at Restaurant Pic, Le Domaine d’Orvault, La Bonne Etape, Château de Montreuil and La Côte Saint-Jacques. Alain also served for the French military as a chef at the Élysée Palace. In 1992, the young Roux moved back to Bray to work at the family’s Waterside Inn restaurant, where he became a demi-chef de partie. Alain took over as chef patron from his father in 2002.


Two Questions with Alain

Describe your culinary philosophy in 5 words…

Quality, simplicity, purity, taste, aesthetic


What is your greatest inspiration?

My grandmother


  • 3 Michelin stars | Waterside Inn
  • 2 Michelin stars | Le Gavroche



Waterside Inn

Riverside, Ferry Rd





Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street


W1K 7QR 

United Kingdom

+ 44 (0)20 7499 1826