Rachel Humphrey joined Le Gavroche as an apprentice in 1996, working her way up to become the first female head chef at Le Gavroche in its 40 year history. As Head Chef, Rachel manages the entire kitchen - from preparation to plating up under the watchful eye of Michel Roux Jr. Rachel moved from apprentice to first Commis in 1998, became Chef de Partie in 2003 and was appointed Sous Chef in 2004 before taking the reins as Head Chef in April 2008. Loves sport and is a Luton Town FC Fan.
Diego started to work in his native town Milan at the age of 16 for Chef Davide Oldani, where he stayed for 5 years before moving to France. He then joined the prestigious Alain Ducasse’s 3 Michelin starred establishments between Paris and Monaco where he worked his way up for another 7 years and became at the age of 26 the sous-chef at the world renowned Parisian 5 stars hotels: The Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice.
Emmanuel Landré MCA
Emmanuel started at Le Gavroche as commis waiter in 1998, progressing to Maitre d', 1er Maitre d' and assistant manager. Chef Patron Michel Roux Jr. summarised the transition as follows: "Silvano is an institution, a dear friend, and so very loved by Le Gavroche and our customers. But with every closing chapter comes the start of a new one, and we are confident that Emmanuel will continue the tradition of excellence Silvano has built for so many years. These are exciting times."
Ursula & Silvia
Born in Austria, identical twins Silvia and Ursula Perberschlager are an important part of the Le Gavroche front of house team. Having worked at the restaurant since 2001, Silvia and Ursula have a passion for anything Japanese and both hold the position Maître d'hôtel. The twins are well known to the regular customers, who often say that they can only tell them apart, because Silvia wears a Le Gavroche pin, whilst Ursula does not.
From a very young age, Rémi always thought he wanted to become a Chef. However, after a short spell in the kitchen of the George V in Paris, he took a different route and went onto join Le Meurice as stagiaire sommelier where he tasted for the first time a Chateau D’Yquem 1988… His career path was found! Rémi moved to the UK in 2004, starting at the Hotel du Vin in York and in Bristol before joining Heston Blumenthal’s cellar at The Fat Duck in 2008 where he stayed for 8 years. Rémi won the Chaine des Rotisseurs UK young sommelier award in 2011 and holds the title of Advanced Sommelier from The Court of Master Sommeliers.
Born in Apulia, Italy, Gaetano graduated from culinary school and worked nearby before coming to England. He started at Le Gavroche in 2013 as commis-chef before consecutive promotions, becoming Sous-Chef in 2015. He loves the restaurant, the atmosphere and the people working in it. Le Gavroche made him feel at home quickly, as if he was a member of the Roux family. He loves his home country, especially his favourite football team, FC Bari, which drives him crazy more than anything else (except for cooking of course).
Heather is proud to be an Essex girl and was born in Romford. After studying at Westminster Kingsway College she joined Le Gavroche in April 2011 as an apprentice, at the tender age of 17. Her roguish charm and easy affinity with customers has helped her grow into the role of Reservation Manager, which she attained in December 2012.
PA to Michel Roux
PA to Michel Roux
Edwina arrived in Bristol in 2011 after Postgraduate Legal studies in France and started at Le Gavroche Head Office in 2013 where she stayed for a year before recently returning as PA to Michel Roux. She likes the family spirit at Le Gavroche and returning felt like coming back home. Half Breton, Half Bearnese, Edwina grew up on French Islands mainly Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean where her mother and brother still live. She loves animals (and has fostered so many of them throughout the years at her mother’s house), children, long walks in the countryside and family is very important to her.