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Jeff Galvin is a Restaurateur and Chef Patron at Galvin La Chapelle. Inspired by his older brother Chris, Jeff started his career at the same small neighborhood restaurant where Chris once washed the pots for Anthony Worrall-Thompson. After completing catering college, Jeff joined The Savoy hotel as a young Commis under the direction of Anton Edelman, before progressing to the role of Junior Sous Chef at David Levin’s Michelin-starred Capital Hotel working for renowned Chef, Philip Britten.
In 1994 he was appointed by Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane as Sous Chef and was part of the kitchen brigade that achieved the elusive third Michelin star. He joined Chris for the opening of Orrery in Marylebone in 1997 before being reunited with David Levin as Head Chef at The Greenhouse restaurant in Mayfair.
His Michelin-starred experience led to his appointment at Marco Pierre White’s three-Michelin-starred Oak Room, where he was Head Chef under the direction of Robert Reid, and in May 2000 Marco appointed him as Executive Chef at L’Escargot which held a Michelin star for five years.
Jeff teamed up with his brother Chris in 2005 to open their first solo venture, the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street, to much critical acclaim. Amongst its many awards, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe won AA London Restaurant of the Year in 2006 and currently holds two AA Rosettes.
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. The restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in 2010. Together with Fred Sirieix, GM at Galvin at Windows, Chris has set up the Galvin’s Chance charity which helps disadvantaged youngsters gain training and employment in leading hotels and restaurants.
The acclaimed three rosette Galvin La Chapelle opened in 2009 and has had praise heaped upon it from the very beginning winning no less than 8 top restaurant awards in its first year, including AA London Restaurant of the Year, and gaining a Michelin star for Chef Patron Jeff Galvin only one year after it opened. Situated next-door to Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Café a Vin is a smart but friendly and relaxed two Rosette restaurant which was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.
March 2012 brought yet another restaurant opening, this time in the world famous food halls of Harrods; Galvin Demoiselle the fifth London offering from Galvin Restaurants, saw for the first time, Sara Galvin, wife to Chris, become Patron, having spearheaded the concept and design for the new bistro-style restaurant. True to the tradition of Galvin Restaurants, Demoiselle offers high quality French cuisine combined with the Galvin’s family hospitality and exceptional service.
Autumn 2012 marked the first-ever venture outside of London for the Galvin family, opening two new restaurants in Edinburgh; The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe in The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The two distinct restaurants continue the successful partnership between Hilton Worldwide and the Galvin brothers, which began in 2006 with the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows.
AA Hotel Services manager, Simon Numphud, said, “It’s not difficult to see why the Galvin brothers are so well respected in the industry. Committed, hardworking, totally hands on, passionate about developing young people and above all very modest and humble.”