Chef Conrad Gallagher
After training in Ireland from the age of twelve, Conrad worked and trained with some of Ireland’s top chefs between 1985-1990 before moving to New York city to pursue his dream of becoming a leading chef.When he arrived in New York, he joined the Plaza Hotel, Donald Trump’s flagship property.
After 18 months at The Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley recruited him, where he spent two years as Sous Chef under Laurent Manrique. Within that time, they received a 3 Star rating from the New York Times.During this time in New York conrad also worked stints at Le Cirque, Restaurant Daniel, Le Bernadine and Park Avenue Café new yorks leading restaurants at that time While in New York, Conrad was invited to the White House to prepare St. Patrick’s Day dinner for President Bill Clinton, who would later visit his restaurants in Dublin and London.After leaving New York, Conrad was invited to join Alain Ducasse’s 3 Star Michelin restaurant, Louis XV at Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, Monaco where he spent 2 years fine tunning his skills.Conrad later established himself on the International culinary scene early in his career with Peacock Alley and Lloyds Brasserie both in Dublin, Ireland. At Lloyds, he won a number of accolades for the food and service from UK media, as well as earned a Michelin Red M rating and a coveted spot on the Condé Nast Traveler list of the “Top 15 Restaurants in the World.” With Peacock Alley, his first restaurant which he opened at the age of 23, he received his first Michelin Star, making him the youngest chef in the world at the time to receive the honour.
Growing up amid the Irish farmlands in Letterkenny, Donegal, Conrad first found his cooking inspiration from the meals he had at home, made by his mother and grandmother. These early experiences led the aspiring chef to begin his professional training in culinary arts at the age of 12. Gallagher has written and published four cookbooks and an autobiography, as well as hosted two television cookery programs. Conrad recently moved back to South Africa from the US and now lives in Cape Town where he is Chef Patron of the very popular Cafe Chic by Conrad Gallagher and the Chefs studio.