As if this doesn't keep Fred busy, he also co-founded Galvin’s Chance in 2008, a charity initiative to help disadvantaged young people get in education, training and full time employment within front of house in the best hotels, restaurants and bars in London. Fred launched on Christmas Day 2012 National Waiters Day to celebrate all Front of House staff and inspire people in hospitality careers.
How did you get started?
It all started by watching my parents organise countless dinner parties at home with their family and friends. We always had people around the house. I guess that started my love of hospitality.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give anyone wanting to start working within the hospitality industry?
Just do it. Be clear about what you want. Have a vision, do not afraid of hard work, make efforts and believe in yourself. Believe in the beauty of rigour and discipline and you will be fine.
Where would you like to see your business (The Art of Service) in 5 years time?
I would like it to keep on growing and be as relevant then as it is now. Customer service and satisfaction is the only way to differentiate a brand from another.
If you could only be dine at one restaurant in the world, where would it be & why?
Le Gavroche. Why? . . . Because it is so good!
You can invite one person (living or dead) to your last meal – Who would it be and why? …and what’s on the menu?
Socrates. For fun and to learn from the master. Happy to eat and drink what he prefers.
Fred's work doesn't stop there as 50% of the profits from each Charter sold will be donated to Fred’s new charity The Right Course, a new charity initiative to teach prisoners how to run restaurants straight in the heart of the prison.