You'll probably recognise Fred as the maître d' from the popular Channel 4 programme First Dates.
Fred Sirieix is also the General Manager at Galvin at Windows, the Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. Fred co-hosted with Michel Roux jnr in the BBC2 series about service and hospitality, "Michel Roux's Service". Fred and Galvin at Windows also appeared in The Apprentice on BBC1 in spring 2012.
Fred is a dynamic and highly driven individual – a true ambassador for the Hospitality industry. Under his leadership Galvin at Windows won the Hotel Restaurant Team of the Year (Hotel Cateys 2007), Best Front of House (Tatler Awards 2007) and Best Hotel Bar (Imbibe Awards 2009). In 2010 Fred was nominated Manager of the year at the Cateys awards. In March 2011 Fred launched his interactive and revolutionary training tool The Art of Service. In October 2011 Fred was awarded the "Personality of the year 2011" at the National Restaurant awards for his charity work and relentless promotion of his profession. In 2012 Fred was voted Educator of the year at the Imbibe awards. More recently Fred launched on Christmas Day 2012 National Waiters Day to celebrate all Front of House staff and inspire people in hospitality careers. At the 30th Cateys Awards Fred was awarded the prestigious Manager of the Year 2013 Cateys. In 2014 at the Imbibe Personality of the year awards 2014, Fred was nominated for Industry Legend of the year. In March 2014 Fred also received an Honorary MBA from the University of West London.
Fred has over 20 years of experience in the restaurant/food industry. Starting his career as a Chef de Rang at the 3 stars Michelin restaurant La Tante Claire Fred then went on to develop his career in various roles in many of London top restaurants including Le Gavroche, Sartoria, Brasserie Roux.
Fred is passionate about training and staff development. His boundless energy has him as the creator and driving force behind the Galvin Cup (cocktail competition) that awards young bartending talent and Galvin's Chance, a charity supporting underprivileged youth in front of house in the best hotels, restaurants and bars of London and Scotland. Fred created The Mayfair Park and Tower Race to raise funds every year since 2008 for Galvin's Chance and in September 2012 he organised and fought Marcus Wareing in a boxing tournament called Rumble in the Kitchen which raised £55,000 for Galvin’s Chance.
He is a keen runner and amateur boxer and his motto is "learn forever, enjoy life and make a difference". His interests include philosophy, history, business and sports. He lives in Peckham and has two beautiful children, Andrea and Matteo-Lucien.
Fred will be on the Foodie Lab on Friday 24th March & Thursday 30th March with Chris Galvin, Chef Patron of Galvin Restaurants.