Chris Galvin’s career has spanned 30 years working in some of the finest restaurants and hotels on both sides of the Atlantic.
Originally inspired by the cooking of his grandmother, Chris started in a small neighbourhood restaurant as a pot washer for Anthony Worrall-Thompson, before joining the brigade at The Ritz hotel in London as a young Commis under the direction of Michael Quinn.
His talent, enthusiasm and dedication was soon spotted by acclaimed Chef, Paul Gayler, who first brought him into his kitchen brigade at Inigo Jones before recruiting him again many years later at The Lanesborough hotel as Executive Sous Chef. He also teamed up again with Worrall-Thompson in New York as Head Chef at Ménage à Trois.
In 1997 Chris joined Conran Restaurants where he worked directly with Sir Terence Conran for 10 years; opening restaurants Mezzo, Bluebird and as co-founder of Almeida. The launch of Orrery, where he worked for many years, saw him achieve a coveted Michelin star in 2000.
In 2003 Chris was appointed by Jeremy King and Chris Corbin to open the much acclaimed Wolseley restaurant where he established, amongst other things, the now famous Wolseley breakfast. The restaurant went on to earn numerous accolades including Time Out Restaurant of the Year, AA London Restaurant of the Year and inclusion in Restaurant Magazine’s ‘50 Best Restaurants in the World’ for two consecutive years.
Chris teamed up with his brother Jeff in 2005 to open their first solo venture, the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street, which became an overnight success and achieved many accolades, including Best French Restaurant for two years running and, Best Wine list in 2009.
In May 2006, Chris and Jeff launched Galvin at Windows, on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, with André Garrett (ex-Orrery) as their Head Chef. In 2010 Galvin at Windows gained its first Michelin star.
In November 2009 Chris and Jeff opened their first restaurants in the City; La Chapelle and Café à Vin, once again to much critical acclaim achieving several top awards including the covered award of Tatler Restaurant of the Year and AA London Restaurant of the Year. Galvin La Chapelle gained a Michelin star in the 2011 Red Guide with Café à Vin awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
In autumn 2012 the brothers opened their first venture outside of London. The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe in Edinburgh located in the newly refurbished Caledonian Hotel. They offer the renowned Galvin experience inspired by locally sourced Scottish ingredients.
Chris and Jeff were awarded the prestigious ‘Catey’ award for Independent Restaurateurs of the Year 2010. They were also named AA Chefs’ of the Year 2011.
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