Michel Roux Jr is a chef and restaurateur. He runs family restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London, which has transformed British cuisine since it was founded in 1967. Michel was looking for a kitchen for his London at in Clapham in 2013 that suited the needs of his family, including daughter Emily and wife Giselle, also keen cooks. It also needed to be a casual entertaining area as well as a very busy working kitchen. Michel discovered that many of his contemporaries enjoyed Mark Wilkinson kitchens so decided to use them.
Tell us about your kitchen at home?
The primary design challenge, for the whole room, was a limitation of floor space. It is a compact room, but the ceilings are a lovely height and perfect for tall units, glazed top- boxes and worktop-standing units, set along one wall, with tambour doors hiding the smaller appliances, like microwave and toaster. We used Mark Wilkinson’s New England style of furniture painted in Richmond Grey, a very modern colour. It’s not a huge space, but Mark has successfully used every nook and cranny.
What kitchen appliances make your life easier?
The Induction Hob is one of my favourites, and while a domestic kitchen is quite different from the kitchens at Le Gavroche, where we use ‘induction’ cooking, I was keen to include an induction hob at home. But then I also use the Steam Oven, the boiling water tap, and the warming drawer.
What advice would you give homeowners if they want a professional kitchen at home?
In a professional kitchen, the main function is cooking efficiently and effectively. If that’s what you want, sit down with a good designer and ask them to show you how you can have that.
If you want artwork on the walls, or space for leisure activities, put those things on your brief and don’t give up on them. I guess my advice is that before you start, know how you want the room to work for you and your family and go from there. I was so inspired by choosing my own kitchen that I’ve now also turned my hand to design by bringing my own company Roux Lifestyle Ltd together with British-manufacturers, Moores, to create the ultimate chef’s kitchens.
“A kitchen really is the heart of family living, particularly when you come from such a food-focused family as we are. So, as well as being a practical space that gives you enough room to store and prepare everything, it should allow you to express your own style and display some of the special things that you have collected.” Michel Roux Jr.
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