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André Garrett, chef at Cliveden House

by Great British Chefs Tuesday, May 14, 2013

André Garrett says he knew the life of a chef was for him from watching his grandmother manage a restaurant. Trained in classic French cookery, and following initial work near his home town of Bath, he honed his skills at the three Nico Ladenis restaurants in London, including Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane.

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He became the youngest head chef at Nico Central, as well as fulfilling a stint at Bistrot Bruno Loubet. Restaurateur Chris Galvin encouraged Garrett to enter the Tattinger competition, in which he was a finalist - later winning a Roux Scholarship. These days, Garrett is keen to nurture the next generation of chefs and works with the Academy of Culinary Arts for the Annual Awards of Excellence Young Chefs Award and the MCA.

He took on head chef duties at Galvin’s Orrery, furnishing the eatery with a Michelin star, which he kept until his departure for Galvin At Windows.

The restaurant, which overlooks Hyde Park from the 28th floor of the London Hilton, has had a Michelin star of its own since 2010. Galvin At Windows specialises in serving French cuisine that’s more personal than haughty.

After leaving Galvin at Windows in July 2013, he joined the luxurious Cliveden House in Berkshire to head up its spectacular new restaurant. A marked departure from the hustle and bustle of the London restaurant scene, his role at Cliveden sees him working with local ingredients in a stately environment. Dishes like Scottish langoustine thermidor and Roasted game consommé reflect Garrett's love of British cuisine.

Cliveden’s proud, Versailles-like grounds have played host to many luminaries in its time – including Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and The Beatles – but it is best known as the setting for the Profumo Affair, one of the biggest scandals to rock British politics. Visitors to Cliveden are free to explore the grounds and can even, weather permitting, take a dip in the outdoor pool - where Profumo first laid eyes on Keeler.

 

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