Tell us more about your newly opened bar, Roux at the Pembury at Roux at Parliament Square.
The bar is comfy and warm in ambience, totally un-pretentious, a great place to come for a light lunch with a glass of wine, a pre-dinner cocktail or a post dinner nightcap.
What does 'luxury ' (in relation to travel) mean to you?
For me luxury means being able to relax totally and read a book
. I have so little time to myself that being left alone with a book is more luxurious than any material or physical element. In essence time is my luxury.
What do you consider to be essential to create a special dining experience.
The perfect company is essential to a special and memorable dining experience.
|Which country (in your opinion) has the best cuisine?
France bien sûr!
What was your most memorable meal ever or is that an impossible question to answer?
I have had many memorable meals, one in particular stands out. For my 21st birthday my parents took me out to lunch at Paul Bocuse in Lyon. A fabulous lunch which ended on the bank of the river Saône snoozing in the afternoon sun and drifting on a cloud of food heaven.
...its history intrigues me, its food excites me and can't wait to explore this mystical country
|Food creates memories. Is there a dish that instantly evokes a favourite travel experience or destination?
Cep mushrooms always remind me of my wife's village in the Cevennes, the mushrooms grown there are particularly good and fragrant. Her family always cook them for me when I visit as they know I love them, simply fried with a little parsley and garlic, a feast.
When travelling, is there a 'comfort food' dish which reminds you of home?
I love good bread and cheese, when traveling these two basic food items are the ones I miss most. As much as I love Asia
they just don't do bread and cheese like the French
Which three foods would you take to a desert island?
68%, a vacherin cheese, white peaches.
Which item(s) of food sum up luxury for you?
Black Perigord truffles, some years they are plentiful others not, and man can do nothing to change that, nature prevails.
Roux at the Pembury, Michel Roux's new bar
Favourite luxury hotels (apart from The Langham of course)?
Le Plaza Athénée
in Paris. Simply unbridled luxury.
|As well as your own, what are your favourite restaurants?
Nobu and Zuma in
Is there anywhere in the world that you haven't been to but you have always wanted to visit?
I would love to visit Vietnam
, its history intrigues me, its food excites me and can't wait to explore this mystical country
What three things do you never leave home without?
Running shoes (I am always training for a marathon), my I phone, my wife.
Where to next?
My next voyage will be to Inverlochy castle for a food and wine festival along with a bit of free time to open that book.