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"Eating out is one of the greatest pleasures of life. I have made it my mission to communicate this.” As a French chef who regularly appears on TV, Daniel Galmiche certainly gets his message across. But with seasonal dishes locally sourced from sustainable stocks, his food speaks for itself. The result is a triumphant blending of Old World taste and New World values, which might explain why he’s been called "the King of contemporary French cooking”.
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Eden and Le Cerise at The Forbury, Reading, Berkshire Waldos, Cliveden, Berkshire "Daniel Galmiche at The Clermont Club”, Berkeley Square, London Harvey’s, Bristol, England L’Ortolan, Reading, Berkshire Le Gavroche, London Le Meridien Penina, Algarve, Portugal Duxton Hotel and Restaurant L’Aigle d’Or, Singapore
Modern, contemporary French cooking with both Mediterranean and far eastern influences. My food is "Happy Food” – it’s fresh, light, simple, colourful and full of flavours. I love cooking fish. I buy 80% of my ingredients from the South of England – the fish is all line caught from Cornwall and Scotland.
Raymond Blanc is a great inspiration to me and I love his food. Customers who know Raymond’s cuisine will find my food slightly lighter with a more contemporary twist.
A new approach to cooking and food – exactly what the customer of today wants. The Vineyard has a wide range of customers and I need to give them flexibility as well as an unforgettable experience, and that’s why I’ve created an 18 seasonal dishes that guests can choose from to build their own tasting menu and enjoy the dishes in any order they please, it’s completely flexible. It is not just about the food, it is also about creating a dining environment where we can share our knowledge and expertise with the customers.
We recently won the Laurent Perrier/Decanter Restaurant of the Year 2012, which was a great achievement for us here at The Vineyard and I am continually looking to add to the already impressive list of awards and accolades The Vineyard has had over the years ensuring we remain on the gastronomic map.
I was born in Lure, in the Comte region of Eastern France; I was enthralled with cooking from an early age. My grandparents ran a small self sufficient organic farm and I used to hunt for game with my father. After leaving school, I worked alongside the Michelin starred Chef Yves Lalloz on a 3 year apprenticeship at the Hotel Beausite, Luxeuil les Bains. The hotel was attached to a farm so I learned to work with ingredients straight from the field to the plate.
Daniel lives with his wife Claire and has a son, Antoine who lives in Scotland. Currently living in Maidenhead, Daniel is a keen golfer when time allows with a decent handicap and a love of cycling and swimming.
He is a regular guest on Saturday Kitchen, cooks at many food festivals around the country including Taste of London, Eat Reading Live, the Henley Food Festival, the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham and the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town, South Africa.
Daniel's first cookbook was published at the in September 2011 and we are pleased to be able to offer this for purchase at The Vineyard. Just ask a member of our team for details. Daniel is currently working on his second cookbook, which he is very excited about. More news on this soon.