Galvin Brothers Garner U.K. Chefs’ Award for City Restaurant

Jeff and Chris Galvin
Chefs Jeff and Chris Galvin were named Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards. Source: Redleaf Public Relations via Bloomberg

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,
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
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,
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.)

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