The Galvin Cup is back on the 8th June for its 9th consecutive time.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 1:02PM

This year Quaglino’s will be our host and Babička vodka our sponsor.


I can’t tell you how excited and proud I am to organise once again this prestigious competition with the UKBG.


Back in the day The Galvin Cup had students competing in the morning and professionals in the afternoon. Unfortunately we quickly realised there was no appetite from catering colleges and their teachers to give the necessary coaching and encouragement the students needed to take part. We therefore had no option but to cancel the students part altogether and concentrate solely on professionals.


The Galvin Cup has since grown and become the competition of reference in the UK.


However it is a shame really and a sad state of affairs to not be able to organise the students competition because of a lack of interest and vision from most catering colleges.

It would have been such an amazing opportunity and experience for any students to meet the professional stars of the bar industry.

The Hospitality industry is one of the most incestuous industry there is and I for one never really had to send a CV to anyone to gain any employment. It was always done by word of mouth between people who knew me and knew of the way I worked.


This was the chance the Galvin Cup offered to students and I can’t believe no one has grabbed it.


Good luck to our competitors for the 2015 edition!


Fred Sirieix.

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