Michel Roux Jr to front new London cooking school

The Langham Hotel in London, which comprises restaurants Roux at the Landau and the Wigmore pub, is to launch a new cookery school that will be fronted by top chefs including Michel Roux Jr and Chris King, and which promises to reveal “trade secrets” to its students.

(L-R) Chris King, Millie Simpson, Quentin Plateaux and Michel Roux Jr

Called Sauce by The Langham, the school will offer a range of classes from core skills such as knife skills, baking and sauce making to more complex techniques and masterclasses.

The school and its facilities will be located at the Portland Place hotel, and will teach groups of up to 12 at a time with standard sessions starting at £150, and premium classes from £250.

“We’re going to have a perfect environment to share our passion for good food with like-minded home cooks at whatever their skill level,” said Roux. “Cooking should be first and foremost enjoyable, and we’re looking forward to providing a real confidence boost so that everyone can be proud of what they achieve.”

The hotel’s executive pastry chef Andrew Gravett will lead pâtisserie courses, while students will also be offered the chance to explore the Roux archive through masterclasses with Michel Roux and hotel classics with Chris King.

The majority of classes will be overseen by kitchen manager Millie Simpson, who’ll be helped by the hotel’s senior sous chef, Quentin Plateaux.

“We have some of the most innovative and dynamic minds here within The Langham’s restaurants and bars, which makes our jobs engaging and exciting,” said The Langham managing director Bob van den Oord.

“We wanted to find a way to celebrate the talent of the team and Sauce by The Langham is a natural evolution of this idea – a place where we can share our trade secrets.”

Chris King added: “Sauce is a great opportunity for our brigade to share their passion for good food and show their love for our industry. I’m fortunate at The Langham, London to work with some very talented and energetic chefs who have so much to teach; every class will be packed full of learning, with a pinch fun.”

Sauce by The Langham will launch in May 2019. For more information, visit saucebylangham.com

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