Michel Roux Jr. is a renowned chef who has fronted world-famous restaurants including Le Gavroche, Roux and Roux at The Laundau. He is a judge and presenter on the BBC’s popular prime time show, MasterChef: The Professionals, has presented all three series of ‘Great British Food Revival ’ and recently fronted the highly anticipated return of BBC2’s ‘Food and Drink ’. He has also recently partnered with Moores to create Roux Kitchens. With inspiration from some of the world’s best restaurants, combined with influences from cutting-edge trends such as Nordic living, the Roux Kitchen (opens in new tab) is designed for homes in which food sits at the heart. Here , he shares his top 5 tips for getting Michelin star results at home.
1. BE SURE TO PLAN
Cooking should be first and foremost enjoyable, the love and care you put into it shows in the resulting dish. Don’t create an overcomplicated menu that leaves you stressed out by the time your guests show up.
2. SOURCE THE BEST INGREDIENTS
Find the best ingredients available, and use them in season to their best advantage, as the focus of the dish.
3. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
The plate, that is... There are some lovely herbs and micro cress available now in shops – a few of these always do the trick when decorating the plate, and don’t crowd the plate too much, leave a lot of white so that each element stands out.
4. MAKE THE MAIN STAND OUT
Don’t try to impress on all three courses of the meal – just try and impress on one of these. Keep the starter and dessert simple and seasonal, so you can spend more time on the main course. The main course is usually the one that everyone remembers, so you want to be sure that it is most impressive.
5. SEASON YOUR FOOD
It’s amazing how often cooks and chefs don’t check the seasoning when they’re cooking, some fabulous dishes can turn out less than perfect with over or under – seasoning.
'When I’m cooking, the things that very much make a difference for me are great lighting, clever storage and a sensible layout. So these were the things I wanted to make sure we got absolutely right to create a professional kitchen for the home,' says Michel Roux Jr.
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