Inspired by his older brother Chris, Jeff started his career at the same small neighbourhood 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.
In September 2005 he teamed up with Chris to launch their own venture, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe which immediately became a firm favourite with both foodies and journalists alike, and has won numerous awards including Best French Restaurant 2008 and Best French Wine list.
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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