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The Great British Chefs Restaurants and Recipes
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The first presentation for the Centre Stage this year at the Restaurant Show was Chris Galvin the co-owner of the Galvin Restaurants bistro mini-empire, where he shared the stage with former sommeliers from the world's most famous restaurant El Bulli in Spain.

For 3 decades Chris Galvin’s has been working in some of the finest restaurants and hotels on both sides of the Atlantic. Chris was inspired by the cooking of his grandmother which promted him to start 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.

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His flair, passion and devotion was soon spotted by acclaimed Chef, Paul Gayler, who first brought him into his kitchen brigade at Inigo Jones before hiring 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 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 joined his brother Jeff in 2005 to open their first solo venture the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street, London to much critical acclaim. 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.

Chris Galvin also takes on the role of chairman of judges in the 2011 Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards.

You can checkout some of Galvin's Recipes at The Good Food Channel here

Restaurants

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Galvin at Windows - London Hilton, 22 Park Lane, London, W1K 1BE

Located high up on the 28th floor of the London Hilton at 22 Park Lane, Galvin at Windows restaurant and bar has become one of the capital’s most talked-about destination dining venues since its opening in 2006. Head Chef Andre Garrett and Chef Patron Chris Galvin have created seasonally inspired menus based around modern French haute cuisine that have now earned the restaurant its first, much-deserved Michelin Star.

Renowned for its peerless views over the capital, including iconic sites like Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, Galvin at Windows is a restaurant where honest food and genuine hospitality are already a tradition after just a few short years. Because of the elegance of the room and the jaw-dropping 360-degree views, Galvin at Windows is certainly a destination restaurant with fine service and all the trimmings. But, clever Galvin staff, the set lunch menu and bar express menu bring this sublime French cuisine within reach.

Review: View of London

Bistrot de Luxe - 66 Baker Street, London
Now in its 6th year the Bistrot was the original restaurant to be opened by the Galvin brothers. It was an overnight success with both food critics and customers alike and has won several prestigious awards amongst them Best French Restaurant for 2 years running as well as top awards from the AA and Tatler Magazine. With their Michelin-starred backgrounds Chris and Jeff Galvin were able to bring top quality French cuisine at affordable prices with their flair for sourcing the best seasonal ingredients and over 30 years of culinary experience between them.

Review: Mail Online

Café a Vin - 35 Spital Square, London
Situated next-door to La Chapelle, Café a Vin is both very smart and popular. This tiny Cafe is buzzy, friendly and relaxed, and has a range of dining options from ‘at the bar’ to al-fresco in the undercover heated rear garden terrace. Under the direction of Head Chef, David Stafford, the menu is ever-changing and innovative combining Italian and French influences. It was awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2011 Michelin Red Guide, and is proud of its £14.95 prix fixe menu for 2 courses. The lunch service begins at 11.30am - 3pm when a late-lunch menu is also available throughout the afternoon. The dinner menu is served from 6pm and there is also aperitivo time from 5pm to 7pm.

Review: The Travel Editor

Interview: Chris and Jeff Galvin 2006 - Caterer and Hotel Keeper

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