Chef Albert Roux leaves son Michel nothing in will – but wife gets third of £650k estate

Masterchef’s Michel Roux Jr has reportedly been left nothing in his father Albert Roux’s will, but the iconic chef’s wife has been given a third of his £652,000 estate

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Michel Roux Jr, who shot to fame on BBC's Masterchef : The Professionals, has reportedly been left nothing in his father's will.


Renowned chef Albert Roux died in January aged 85 and while he appears to have bypassed his son – he's given his wife a third of his estate.

Albert married married 57-year-old Maria Rodrigues a partner at accounting firm KPMG, two years before he died and has left her £224,727, reports MailOnline.

She is also said to inherit all his personal items, except for two pairs of cufflinks, which go to his nephew, Alain Roux and his stepson, Joshua Rodrigues, who is also left £15,000.

Michel and daughter Emily both followed in Albert Roux's footsteps

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The chef, who founded London's first three Michelen-starred restaurant Le Gavroche in 1967, is also said to have left money to his sister Martine, daughter, Danielle as well as his grandchildren and niece.

Despite, the will, which was written last year, allegedly stating that Albert had given Michel many gifts over the years the news that he has been left nothing will come as a shock.

Michel, who's daughter Emily is also a chef, joined Le Gavroche in 1988 and is now the chef patron.

The 61-year-old has hosted a number of cooking shows, with his most memorable being Masterchef: The Professionals.

Albert with his wife Maria Rodrigues

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Albert opened La Gavroche in 1967

Michel presented the show for six years, but quit after falling out with BBC bosses over a potato.

The French Michelin-starred chef reached boiling point after he was banned from being in adverts for Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes.

Fuming over the dispute concerning his commercial activities Michel revealed that he had decided to quit after being given an ultimatum by BBC chiefs.

He said that a compromise had been impossible to reach.

“It’s not for lack of trying, but sometimes negotiating with the BBC can be a frustrating process and there are times when I have wondered if the corporation understands the realities of today’s commercial world,” he blasted.

Michel hosted Masterchef: The Professionals for six years

“The BBC needs to recognise the value of the talent they work with, and also, that whilst we love to be associated with top quality television, we have other professional commitments that are as important to us as programme-making.”

A BBC spokeswoman said that Roux’s deal as ambassador for the Rooster potatoes did not comply with BBC guidelines in which presenters are banned from promoting anything that is similar to their on-screen persona.

Michel is now the host of Michel Roux's French Country Cooking on the Discovery channel.

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