Michel Roux Jr responds to backlash over ‘harsh criticism’ on Five Star Kitchen

Michel Roux showcases how to make poached salmon in 2012

Two-star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr has become known for his straight-shooting criticisms of hopeful chefs on shows including MasterChef: The Professionals and most recently Five Star Kitchen: Britain’s Next Great Chef.

Over the years, some fans have taken to social media to call out the 63-year-old for being too “ruthless” in his critiques.

One tweeted: “Michel Roux Jr is being ruthless tonight! Particularly harsh on the Frenchman.” While another echoed: “Michel Roux Jr is a harsh judge. Dude doesn’t hold back his comments.”

When quizzed on the “harsh criticism” viewers have come to expect, the Le Gavroche owner hit back: “I don’t think it’s harsh, it’s brutally honest.

“I say exactly what I think but in a constructive way, because it’s important to encourage,” he told Radio Times.

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Channel 4’s Five Star Kitchen sees Michel join a panel of judges to find the greatest chef in Britain after putting them through their paces with challenges such as lavish banquets and high-concept fusion dishes.

Sharing how he thinks he’d fare in the competition, Michel told the aforementioned publication: “Maybe, because I’ve got to a ripe old age, I can channel the nerves into positives.

“But I know I’d relish the challenge of cooking against people. Pressure is good. Adrenaline is a sign of being alive.”

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You can read Michel’s full interview in this week’s Radio Times.

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