Michel Roux fears the celebrity chefs he helped to spawn are hijacking the vision that he and his brother Albert held so dear when 35 years ago they arrived in London.

He describes modern times as “the dreadful era, when it began to be all about superstars”. He worries about “the fashion of superstar chefs being paid huge sums to sell convenience food”.

He says people are starting to get fed up with all the hype and he believes something good will come out of “all the madness”.

He says many people still care more about the petrol they put in their car than the fuel they put in their bodies and they will eat the kind of junk food he would not feed his dog.

The Times Magazine 26/10/02 page 71-72