James Martin, 47, paid tribute to legendary chef Michel Roux, who has died at the age of 79.
The TV presenter described the French-born chef as a “legend”, and praised his close friend for his support and advice over the years.
Michel’s family released a statement today confirming his death.
It read: “It is with deep sadness that the Roux family announces the passing of our beloved grandfather, father, brother and uncle, Michel Roux OBE.”
The statement added: “For many, he was a father figure inspiring all with his insatiable appetite for life and irresistible enthusiasm.”
It seems Michel played that fatherly role for James, who said he will always love the charismatic teacher.
The ITV star said he was “broken and so sad”, in an online tribute.
James took to Instagram this afternoon to share the sad news with his 282,000 followers.
He wrote online: “Broken and so sad to let you know we have lost a legend and me a friend.”
The restaurateur continued: “Words cannot describe what this man did for me in my life… he taught, he listened, he advised and he strengthened every part of what I do.”
An emotional James added: “Michel I love you, always have and always will..
“Take care my friend and I will see you soon…”
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Alongside his moving words James shared two pictures of the pair.
One image showed them posing for a picture in the sunshine and another when Michel appeared on James’ TV show.
Instagram users and fans took to the comments section to share their condolences.
One user wrote: “Such sad news, absolute legend RIP chef.”
Another said: “Very sad news, will be sadly missed by everyone, he was great on your show bossing you about, such a lovely guy, thoughts are with you James and his family and friends.”(sic)
A third fan added: “He was hilarious on your show a few weeks ago, sadly missed. Rest in Peace Michel.”(sic)
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