Michel Roux Jr has become the latest renowned chef to put his name to a gin.
The two Michelin-star chef partnered with Neil Harrison, founder and master distiller at Nelson’s Distillery and School, to create the Le Gavroche Gin, named in homage to Roux Jr’s restaurant.
Roux Jr visited the Nelson’s headquarters in Staffordshire to help create the new spirit. It will be available to purchase from Le Gavroche on Upper Brook Street in London, where it will also be a pouring gin from September.
Designed to create the essence of Provence, France, the Le Gavroche Gin combines 28 botanicals that bring floral, herbaceous and spice notes.
It follows gin launches by fellow Michelin-starred chefs Gordon Ramsay (who has launched a range in collaboration with Eden Mill) and Marco Pierre White (who co-produced his Mr White’s gin with Cygnet Distillery master distiller Dai Wakely).
Roux Jr said: “I’m extremely honoured to have worked with Nelson’s Distillery to create an ultra-premium gin that we will be proud to serve at our restaurants.
“I was seeking a premium craft gin partner to work with on this product and, by chance, I got to sample Nelson’s unique Timur Gin made from a Szechuan pepper only found in Nepal.
“I was extremely impressed and the taste was wonderful so I knew immediately the distiller had a true understanding of developing flavour combinations. When I investigated further, it was no surprise to me that Neil also has a background as a chef.
“I look forward to a truly successful partnership with Nelson’s and making the gin available to our diners at Le Gavroche.”
Neil Harrison added: “This is a landmark moment for us as a business and I’m incredibly proud to work so closely with Michel on the Le Gavroche Gin.
“I’ve always admired Michel and his work as a chef and I’ve been fortunate to meet him on a few occasions.
“For someone of Michel’s standing to provide such excellent feedback on our Timur Gin and then approach us to say he would like to make a gin together has been hugely rewarding.
“It was fantastic to welcome Michel to the Nelson’s Distillery and we have spent quite some time perfecting the Le Gavroche Gin, experimenting with flavour combinations and ensuring we produce the best gin we possibly could.”
The gin will also be sold through Le Gavroche and Nelson’s online shops.
Nelson’s Distillery and School produces a range of gin, vodka and rum, supplies products to selected bars and restaurants across the country and also has Gin Schools in Uttoxeter, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Manila.