The Goring has announced the appointment of Richard Galli as executive chef following the departure of Shay Cooper earlier this year.
Galli has been head chef at The Goring, including the Michelin-starred Dining Room, since July 2017.
David Morgan-Hewitt commented: “It is like winning the lottery when the best candidate is already an important member of the team. We were delighted that so many prominent chefs expressed an interest in the role here at The Goring, but we knew the right man was already on the pass, our existing head chef Richard Galli.”
Galli, who is of Italian descent, grew up in Brazil. He moved to London in 2004 taking his first restaurant position at Conran Group’s ZINC Bar & Grill.
Following this he quickly rose through the ranks working with Corbin & King, at both The Wolseley and St Alban. After several years as head chef at Morton’s Club in Mayfair, Galli moved to Dubai in 2014 as part of the opening team for the Beluga Beach Restaurant.
He returned to London in 2016, spending a year at the renowned Mayfair restaurant The Square, working with then Executive Chef Yu Sugimoto. He was appointed head chef at The Goring in July 2017.
Galli commented: “It is a great honour to be taking the position of Executive Chef at such an iconic English hotel. I have hugely enjoyed the past two years at The Goring and really look forward to continuing to cook dishes that bring the greatest of pleasure to our guests.”
The Goring was opened in 1910 by Otto Goring and is one of the last remaining family-owned luxury hotels in London. Earlier this month the hotel opened its first new restaurant in a century with the launch of Siren, a new restaurant from Nathan Outlaw.
The Goring Bar is also being relaunched as a ‘lively new destination’.