The famed chef came under fire recently when it was exposed his staff were paid less than minimum wage and didn’t receive a cut of the additional bill.
While he admitted that he was unaware that his team were being under cut, he continued to stand by restaurants keeping their service charge.
After the BBC's The One Show reporter Lucy Siegle called Roux’s decision “indefensible”, he hit back: “The harsh reality of the service charge is it goes through the books and props up wages.”
“With all due respect, I think what customers feel is that this was a deception,” Siegle interjected. “They are intending it as a tip, so what were you doing taking that money?”
Michel Roux Jr. defends not paying staff tips on The One Show
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I have to be competitive
Michel Roux Jr. on The One Show
“If a restaurant or hotel pays staff market price and then distributes the whole service charge without removing any of it, that hotel or restaurant will be bust in three months. It’s as simple as that,” the 56-year-old retorted.
“Restaurants need that income and it goes thought the books. It doesn’t matter how you dress it up. It’s revenue.”
Elaborating on his stance, he explained: “I’ll tell you the truth. The figure you set to advertise is without service charge and this is a very competitive world – even in the high end industry that I have.
“So my lunch menu at £54 looks good. Add another 13 per cent on top of that and slightly it pushes me up a bit, but it does make that difference – a huge difference. I have to be competitive."
The One Show tweets
The One Show tweets
Roux has committed to changing his policy on paying staff a fare wage
Thankfully, Roux is making a difference and admitted he “deserved that flack” when the wages of his staff hit the headlines last year.
“To progress in life you have to fess up to your mistakes,” he said.
However, the audience at home were “disgusted” by the MasterChef judge and hurled an onslaught of hateful tweets at the star on Twitter.
“@michelrouxjr just committed commercial suicide on #TheOneShow#BBC,” wrote one critic, as another agreed: “I'd suggest a boycott horrible little man #theoneshow.”
The One Show reporter Lucy Siegle called Roux’s decision “indefensible”
A third cried: “Just seen @michelrouxjr on @theoneshow and I was disappointed and shocked at his pathetic excuses for keeping his staffs tips,” before one more fumed: “Quite shocked at how unsympathetic Monsieur Roux Jr. is, hopefully his staff get generous cash tips from now on.”
A particularly disgruntled viewer hissed: “Disgusted to hear Michel Roux Jr. trying to justify the service tip. Deceiving customers and ripping off staff!!”
Though he had one fan, who enthused: “Pure honesty, no politicking from @michelrouxjr on The One Show. God it felt unusual to have someone talk straight. Good man.”
Roux’s appearance on The One Show comes after he was recently pictured filming alongside Paul Hollywood, prompting speculation that he’ll be replacing Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off.
The One Show airs weeknights at 7pm on BBC One.