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2018 Judges

Gaw 4

Chris Galvin

Chef Patron - Galvin Restaurants


Chris started as a pot washer for Antony Worrall-Thompson, before joining the brigade at The Ritz hotel in London. His career progressed to The Lanesborough hotel, Ménage à Trois (NYC), Conran Restaurants and The Wolseley. Chris teamed up with his brother Jeff in 2005 to open their first solo venture, the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street. Since then they have added to the portfolio Galvin at Windows, Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin HOP, Galvin Demoiselle (Harrods), The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe in The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Galvin at The Athenaeum, Galvin at Centurion and Galvin Green Man). 2017 saw the opening of their first ventures in Dubai, Demoiselle Dubai and Galvin Dubai.

Design excellence

Design Excellence is a true partnership between owner, designer and operators with guests needs and desires foremost in their objective. Consideration should never be ‘style over substance’ as product delivery is always of paramount consideration. We must remember how critical the workforce is to the success of an operation and personally I feel a well-designed and functional building acts a recruitment tool, attracting and retaining good staff and assisting their performance. Finally Design Excellence should also embody risk-taking, exceeding expectations. Daring is a word I love to use, when a design teams works hard to deliver results in an extraordinary design.

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