Chris and Jeff Galvin, the brothers behind the City restaurant Galvin La Chapelle, were last night named Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards. Terroirs won Restaurant of the Year, London.
The Galvins worked in London and New York before opening their first venue, Galvin Bistrot Deluxe, in 2005. Galvin La Chapelle, in Spitalfields market, won best restaurant last year.
“We are thrilled to be the Chefs’ Chefs,” Chris Galvin said at the awards, where Pierre Gagnaire served dinner for 700 guests. “Winning this award means everything to us.”
The AA, which started life in 1905 as the U.K. Automobile Association, provides breakdown, insurance and other services to motorists. The awards, at the Hilton, Park Lane, mark publication of the 2012 AA guides to hotels and restaurants.
Terroirs, which won the London award, is a brasserie and natural-wine bar near Trafalgar Square. Chef Ed Wilson also co-owns Brawn, near the City financial district. The Hand & Flowers, Marlow, won English restaurant of the year for chef Tom Kerridge. Gordon’s Restaurant, Inverkeilor, garnered the title for Scotland and the Crown at Whitebrook for Wales.
The AA Awards Hotel of the Year England: Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Windermere Hotel of the Year Scotland: Blythswood Square, Glasgow Hotel of the Year Wales: St. Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot Hotel of the Year London: The Savoy Restaurant of the Year England: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow Restaurant of the Year Scotland: Gordon’s Restaurant Inverkeilor Restaurant of the Year Wales: The Crown at Whitebrook Restaurant of the Year London: Terroirs, London Wine Award England: La Trompette, London Wine Award Scotland: Rhubarb -- the Restaurant at Prestonfield, Edinburgh Wine Award Wales & Overall: The Bell at Skenfrith Pub of the Year England: Feathered Nest Inn, Nether Westcote Pub of the Year Scotland: The Cafe Royal, Edinburgh Pub of the Year Wales: The White Hart Village Inn, Llangybi Small Hotel Group of the Year: Warner Leisure Hotels Hotel Group of the Year: Thistle Hotels Eco Hotel of the Year: Lancaster, London Eco Hotel Group of the Year: QHotels Chefs’ Chef: Chris and Jeff Galvin Lifetime Achievement: Peter Lederer Winner of Fifth Rosette: The Latymer at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot Winners of Fourth Rosette: Glenapp Castle, Ballantrae; Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel, St. Brelade
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)