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London Foodie Scene with James Isherwood

by James Isherwood – Every Thursday
Talking with the best chefs in London

Two-star Michelin Chef Michel Roux, Jr runs the show at Le Gavroche  , a  foodie hot-spot in London. Chef Roux  owns two other restaurants in London Roux at parliament square and Roux at the Landau. He specializes in French Nouvelle Cuisine.

Chef Roux has written several books, including Le Gavroche CookbookThe Marathon Chef; and Matching Food and Wine, which was named the best book on matching wine and food at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. He’s an avid Marathoner and has run the London Marathon 17 times!

Chef Roux has been a judge on the UK  BBC series Masterchef  ‘The Professionals’  for the past 4 seasons.  He is one of the most respected celebrity chefs out there.  I caught up with him for a couple of quick questions to share with Vagobond readers. You can find a few more questions I asked him earlier this year – here.

James: What kitchen fad would you be glad to see the back of?

Chef Roux: Froths and warm jellies

James: Which chefs around today do you most admire?

Chef Roux: Still my father and uncle – awesome.

James: There’s a new wave of no-fuss, no booking restaurants cropping up all the time, is this a good thing or a bad thing for the more traditional restaurants? are people more inclined to try the no fuss places do you think?

Chef Roux:  Good as long as the produce is the best and the cooking skilfully done.

James: Your family are credited for revolutionizing the whole restaurant scene in the UK, how do the French now view the whole UK as a whole when it comes to food these days?

Chef Roux:  Certainly better than 20 years ago especially London. They all want to open here so that says it all.

James: If you were not a chef, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Chef Roux:  I couldn’t think of anything, other than being a chef.

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James Isherwood

James Isherwood was inspired to write after having an awful meal at a London restaurant. He enjoys eating out and letting people know what he thinks about it. James was recently involved in the #chefsunite scandal after he told the owner a meal was fine and then gave a negative review of Hibiscus in London, after that, the owner called him a cunt on Twitter for not saying it to his face.

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