To celebrate the Roux at The Landau’s 10th anniversary, and as a precursor to the relaunching of the restaurant in 2018, the Langham London hotel will be hosting a one-off dinner (£395) on November 24 that brings together three generations of the famed family to pit their copper pots against one another in the kitchen. Ten per cent of all proceeds will go towards Roux at The Landau’s chosen charity, DEBRA, the national charity supporting individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis bullosa.
Following a champagne arrival, Michel Roux Jnr will throw down the gauntlet with his signature artichaut lucullus, a braised globe artichoke stuffed with truffles, and foie gras served with a Périgord sauce. From Michel’s daughter Emily Roux will come roast veal loin with coriander, while father Albert Roux will add a sweet flourish – poached pear, buttery shortbread biscuit and blackcurrant and boozy sabayon coulis. Corney & Barrow will be providing French wines from cru classé vineyards to accompany the meal, including a Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts Premier Cru Olivier Leflaive 2014 and Château Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes 2003. A Louis XIII Cognac tasting will round off the night.
“We’ve all had classic training, but our styles differ quite a lot,” says Michel Roux Jr. “My father is properly French classic and uses lots of cream and butter. My style is much lighter than his but I like to stick to my classic French roots. Emily’s passion is actually Italian cooking. She can do absolutely anything in the kitchen, but her style is simple, delicious food.”
And is it all harmonious in the kitchen? “We have our disagreements, occasionally. But what family doesn’t?”