MasterChef’s Emily Roux: How old is she and where does Michel Roux Jr’s daughter work?

8 Apr 2021, 19:30
8 Apr 2021, 18:48

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Emily Roux appears on MasterChef on Thursday (April 08 2021), but who is she and where does she work?

The young chef helps judge the final four amateurs as they attempt to impress with their cooking skills.

But what’s her story? And how old is she now?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Emily Roux, Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr in the Chez Roux restaurant (Credit: Jonathan Stewart For The Jockey/Shutterstock)

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Who is Emily Roux?

Emily Roux comes from cooking royalty!

She is the daughter of famous chef Michel Roux Jr and his wife Giselle, who has worked in the restaurant business for numerous years and is currently the secretary at Le Gavroche.

Emily has followed in the footsteps of her father and late grandfather and trained as a chef.

Emily’s granddad was the chef Albert Roux, co-founder of the triple-Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn in Bray.

He sadly died in January at the age of 85.

How old is she?

Emily was born in 1991, and is currently 30 years old.

Emily knew she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps from a young age.

She grew up in the kitchens of her father’s two-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, where she would often sit in the corner, volunteering to peel potatoes or carrots for hours.

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Where does Emily Roux work?

Although Emily appears alongside her dad in his lauded restaurant Le Gavroche in the latest episode of MasterChef, she does not work there.

Emily is running her first restaurant and is vocal about not trading on her name.

Caractère in Notting Hill first opened in early 2019 and quickly gained a loyal following among the locals.

She says: “Caractère is very different to Le Gavroche.

“My father’s restaurant is very luxurious; it’s an experience.

“We wanted to create something more friendly, low-key and neighbourhoody, where people feel comfortable and can have a laugh with the waiters.

“We want a family ambience, but still very good food – not just a place for special occasions.”

Is Emily Roux married?

Emily is married to Diego Ferrari.

She met Diego while working at Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV restaurant in Monaco.

They lived in Paris, then came to London, where Diego worked Le Gavroche’s stoves as head chef under the watchful eyes of his future father-in-law.

Emily and husband Diego are co-owners and partners of restaurant Caractère, which they set up together.

Last year, they welcomed their first child, a boy.

Emily Roux and husband Diego run a restaurant together (Credit: YouTube/Staff Canteen)

MasterChef series 17, episode 17

The final four amateur cooks interpret a classic dish of their choice before the best three face a Chef’s Table challenge at Michel Roux Jr’s acclaimed restaurant Le Gavroche.

As usual, MasterChef hosts John Torode and Gregg Wallace assess the participants’ skills to a bid to assess that they can be worthy finalists.

They are joined in their endeavours by Monica Galetti, Steve Groves and Michel’s daughter Emily Roux.

MasterChef continues on Thursday April 08 2021 at 9pm on BBC One.

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