The Rothschild Foundation is sad to announce the death of its Chairman, Lord Rothschild, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cultural leader, who made a profound difference to many areas of British life.

He led, amongst other institutions, the National Gallery, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the family’s flagship, Waddesdon Manor. He supported many causes, some close to his home in Buckinghamshire, others as far afield as Israel, Albania, Greece and the United States. He was committed to helping communities, the environment, education and above all, the arts. His exemplary service to his country was recognised on several occasions, with a GBE, a CVO and as a member of the Order of Merit.

Jacob Rothschild was an extraordinary person, and his loss will be felt by many. The family is committed to continuing his legacy and the foundation which he loved and endowed. His daughter Hannah assumes the role of Chair of the Rothschild Foundation.

We will all be inspired by his vision, ambition, and his commitment to excellence.


History of the Manor Kitchen online exhibition

Maurice Tissot

Maurice Tissot (born in 1899) was personal chef to James and Dorothy de Rothschild for 50 years.

Tissot trained at the Café Royal and Ritz hotel in London where he met James and was invited to begin work in 1928. He travelled between London and Waddesdon with the Rothschilds and became
a close confidant.

Dorothy took an interest in the food being served and personally approved the menus. She also passed on the individual likes and dislikes of her guests. The 6th Earl of Rosebery apparently commended Tissot’s curries in particular.

Tissot also advised Dorothy in culinary matters, as in a letter instructing on the proper preparation of coffee: ‘It is a good point to buy the coffee in small amounts so as to use coffee that is freshly roasted and it should be kept in an air-tight tin so as to preserve its aroma.’

Following his retirement Dorothy continued to visit Tissot at his London home.