Chris GalvinChris Galvin’s career has spanned thirty 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 out more than 30 years ago in a small neighbourhood restaurant as a pot washer for Antony 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 was also to team 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 ten years; opening res- taurants 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 in 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 A Vin, once again to much critical acclaim achieving several top awards including the coveted 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.
Chris and Jeff were awarded the prestigious Catey Award for Independent Restaurateurs of the Year 2010.