Southport pays tribute to resort loving celebrity chef

Celebrity chef and Soutport loving culinary genius Albert Roux OBE has sadly passed away.

The world famous French chef died at the age of 85 on Monday and the culinary world has led tributes to the chef and restauranteur.

Closer to home a swathe of Southport businesses have also paid their own tributes to Roux, who was known as a massive fan of local businesses and eateries in the resort.

Albert was a well recognised face as he visited Southport on a number of occasions seeking some of the town’s most coveted cooking ingredients, tips and even a haircut!

Albert Roux OBE was well known as a fan of the popular Birkdale restaurant Bistrot Verite, while he shopped for some of the finest seafood at Halliday’s Fish Shop.

The celebrity culinary genius even enjoyed a spree of shopping down Lord Street and sampled the talents of the team at the Master Barber’s Shop.

In 2017 Albert Roux OBE, one of the famous Roux brothers, was eager to find the perfect ingredients for his seafood-based Good Friday dishes and turned to the team at Halliday’s Fishmongers of Birkdale to help him.

Among his fishy shopping list from the Liverpool Road fishmongers was 3kg of wild turbot, Canadian lobster and Scottish halibut which Monsieur Roux turned into Fresh Wild Turbot part filleted and stuffed with a Lobster and Halibut Mousse on a bed of Mirepoix and served with a Lobster sauce.