Jason Atherton was the first British chef to complete a stage at Spain’s famous elBulli restaurant in 1998. This invaluable experience laid the foundation for his unique creative style and fuelled his insatiable thirst for culinary knowledge.
With seasoned experience, having worked under great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Nico Ladenis, and Marco Pierre White, Jason joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001 as the executive chef for Verre in Dubai. In 2005, Jason returned to the UK and opened maze in the heart of London, launching what would be the most successful brand in the group.
In partnership with Restaurant Associates, Jason opened the grand Gatsby-esque City Social atop the 24th floor of Tower 42, with its 360 degree views across the City of London. Thursday 25th September 2014 saw the release of the 2015 Michelin Guide to Great Britain & Ireland in which City Social was awarded its first Michelin star less than five months from opening.
“After so many years, I am still as excited and delighted to be associated with Restaurant Associates through Roux Fine Dining.”
Michel Roux Jr is the dynamic Associate Chef behind our Roux at Parliament Square restaurant, and acts exclusively (alongside Albert Roux OBE) as consultant to Restaurant Associates through Roux Fine Dining.
Born in 1960 in Kent, he was destined for great things. His earliest food memories are the smells of the kitchen at Major Peter Cazelet’s family estate, Fairlawne, where his father Albert Roux was chef. He would play under the table while his father and mother Monique prepared the meals.
Michel left school at 16 for the first of several challenging apprenticeships at Maître Patissier, Hellegouarche in Paris. He was commis de cuisine at Alain Chapel’s signature restaurant at Mionay near Lyon. He spent time at Boucherie Lamartine and Charcuterie Mothu in Paris, and the Gavvers.
“To continue striving in both cuisine and standard of service is not only an aim for me, but is a way of life and an integral part of my life. I am extremely lucky that Restaurant Associates share these principles, and it gives me tremendous satisfaction to work with their young chefs and pass on my knowledge.”
One of our most decorated Associate Chefs, Albert Henri Roux OBE is head of the famous cooking dynasty behind such establishments as Le Gavroche, the first restaurant in the UK to be awarded three Michelin Stars, and we’re proud to have him as a part of our team.
Born in 1935 in France, at the age of 14 he began his life-long passion for the culinary arts when he started his career as an apprentice patissier. At 18 he came to the UK, spending time as a commis de cuisine at Nancy Astor’s country home at Cliveden, at the French Embassy in London, and as a chef at the home of Sir Charles Clore in Belgravia.
A spell as sous chef at the British Embassy in Paris followed, before he returned to the UK.