×

Believe a post-Brexit UK can work: Michelin-starred chef

Just over two months ago the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, sending shockwaves throughout the country and around the world.

Michel Roux Jr., internationally-acclaimed chef behind the two Michelin-star restaurant Le Gavroche, was just one of the many people shocked to discover the U.K. voted to leave.

Yet despite feeling downbeat at the result, Roux Jr tells "CNBC Conversation" he believes Britain will emerge from the ashes.

British-French Chef, Michel Roux Jr., poses at his restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London.
Jim Dyson | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images
British-French Chef, Michel Roux Jr., poses at his restaurant, Le Gavroche, in London.

Roux Jr. was born in southern England in 1960, however he has dual nationality with his father Albert Roux having been brought up in France before coming to the U.K. to set up Le Gavroche with his brother in 1967.

"On the morning of the result, (I felt) sadness because I voted remain and I wanted to keep Britain in Europe," Roux Jr., told CNBC Conversation's Tania Bryer.

However despite the referendum result revealing a divided country, with 51.9 percent voting to leave and 48.1 percent wanting to stay; now—at a time of great uncertainty—is the time for the country to unite, Roux Jr. said.

"Now I think is the time (for) all of us in Britain—whether you voted remain or to leave—to come together and make this work."

"And I do believe it can work. Yes."

"Even though I voted remain (a post-Brexit U.K.) can work. And we will make it work, that's the thing."

Francois Nascimbeni | AFP | Getty Images

Less than a month after the referendum result, which pushed David Cameron to resign as prime minister, the country saw Theresa May sworn in as the country's new leader and the cabinet reshuffled, with the likes of Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond being appointed to new positions.

"I do believe that the present government is strong and I do believe that the complete reshuffle that has happened is for the good. I think the right people are in place. Now it's just a question of renegotiations and time. It will take time."

"It will take probably more than two or three years but when we're there, I think that Britain will re-emerge. Maybe even stronger."

For more from CNBC Conversation, click here.

Follow CNBC International on Twitter and Facebook.