Michel Roux Jr blasts BBC after shock split

Michel Roux Jr has ended his long-standing relationship with the BBC.

The Michelin-starred chef confirmed that he is to stop working with the broadcaster for the “foreseeable future” after failing to agree terms that took into account his other professional commitments.

Roux Jr has co-presented two of the BBC’s most successful food and cookery series — MasterChef the Professionals and BBC Food & Drink — but today he said that negotiating with the BBC could be a “frustrating process”.

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In a statement, Roux Jr said the decision to walk away had not been an easy decision to make, especially after the popularity and success of both shows.

“It’s not for lack of trying, but sometimes negotiating with the BBC can be a frustrating process, and there are times when I have wondered if the Corporation understands the realities of today’s commercial world,” he said.

“The BBC needs to recognise the value of the talent they work with, and also, that whilst we love to be associated with top quality television, we have other professional commitments that are as important to us as programme-making.”

Roux Jr is scheduled to present a new BBC4 documentary called ‘Chocolat’, which begins filming in a few weeks. He said he would honour that commitment despite today’s announcement.

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