Born into a family of chefs, Alain is carrying on the Roux culinary tradition. When he announced to his father at the age of 16 that he wanted to become a chef, Michel agreed it might be an idea for him to work at The Waterside Inn one day! But Alain wanted to gain as much experience as possible in different places. After his apprenticeship in pastry he spent seven years touring some of France’s most notable kitchens, including La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joigny and Restaurant Pic in Valence.
He walked into The Waterside Inn professionally for the first time in 1992 and spent years working through the ranks. At the turn of the millenium he was joint Chef Patron with his father, later to take over in his own right a couple of years later.
In 2000 he was invited to become a Master Pâtissier in the International Association Relais Desserts putting him in company with the best pastry chefs in the world. 2003 saw Alain become a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, the leading professional association in UK. Just a few short years later, in 2008, Alain received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Professional Studies by Thames Valley University.
Alain may prefer to keep away from the bright lights of publicity, but he participates in the "Adopt a School" scheme, supported by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. Since November 2015 he is joint Chairman, along with Michel Roux Jr, his cousin, of the Roux Scholarship. Both these commitments demonstrate Alain's inherent desire to foster the next generation of Chefs.
Alain is first and foremost a family man. He and his lovely wife Laura are proud parents of two children; son Paul and daughter Louise. He likes nothing more than taking the children to feed ducks by the river. The love for his family and the support of his wife enable Alain to do what he does so well.