Chef tells of his ex­cite­ment at be­ing back in NI after 30 years

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - By SHEENA MCSTRAVICK

MICHEL Roux Jnr yes­ter­day told of his ex­cite­ment at re­turn­ing to North­ern Ire­land – 30 years on from his last visit.

The Miche­lin-star chef is plan­ning to cook up a storm at the BBC Good Food Show at Belfast’s Wa­ter­front Hall this week­end.

And he’ll be joined by fel­low cook­ery stars Nadiya Hus­sain, The Hairy Bik­ers and John Torode at the three-day event.

Michel Jnr said he couldn’t wait to see how the city had trans­formed since he last vis­ited – and to sam­ple some of the fa­mous Belfast hos­pi­tal­ity. He added: “I’m most look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the city has changed, the last time I was in Belfast was 30 years ago! “I ate at Paul Rankin’s restau­rant many years ago so I am very much look­ing for­ward to tast­ing the de­lights Belfast has to of­fer.”

Michel Jnr now runs the world fa­mous Le Gavroche restau­rant in Lon­don after his fa­ther Al­bert re­tired in 1993.

Since then he has sam­pled foods from all across the world and has de­dic­tated his life to get­ting peo­ple to eat well.

He said: “Sea­sonal food is al­ways best and an in­spi­ra­tion.

“How­ever, the souf­flé su­issesse is a Le Gavroche sig­na­ture dish and I never tire to cook­ing or eat­ing it.”

And the chef gave his sim­ple tips for cook­ing the per­fect steak at home.

He said: “Bring the steak up to room tem­per­a­ture. The rest time is crit­i­cal and should be half the time you have cooked the meat for.” The 57-year-old’s un­cle, Michel Roux Snr, made head­lines last


week after he put up a sign in the restau­rant he founded with his brother Al­bert ban­ning diners from tak­ing pic­tures of their meal.

But it would seem Michel Jnr doesn’t think it’s a big deal.

He added: “I love it when cus­tomers take pic­tures of their food and them­selves. I take it as a com­pli­ment.” You can catch Michel Roux Jnr this week­end at BBC Good Food Show which runs in Belfast Wa­ter­front Hall from to­day to Sun­day.

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