Fred Sirieix (born 27 January 1972) is a French Maître d'hôtel best known for appearing on Channel 4's First Dates. Sirieix grew up in Limoges, France and trained to work in front of house in a Michelin-starred restaurant in France before working at La Tante Claire in London. He is currently the general manager of Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows at the London Hilton.
Sirieix is the founder of National Waiters Day, the training tool the Art of Service as well as the Galvin Cup and Galvin's Chance charities. Sirieix also helped to launch the Right Course which teaches prisoners about the service industry. He has also released a book called First Dates: The Art of Love and a music track, La Vie Continue.
Early life and career
Sirieix was brought up in Limoges, France. His parents both worked in healthcare and says they inspired him to work in the service industry: "The conversation around the dinner table was all about patient care. It was about making sure people had a good experience.” Sirieix began his career in the food industry at catering college, receiving some training as a chef, before quickly deciding to focus on front of house and trained at a Michelin-starred restaurant in France before moving to London restaurant La Tante Claire where he worked as Chef de Rang. Following this, he worked at Le Gavroche, Sartoria and Brasserie Roux. He is currently general manager at Galvin at Windows, a Michelin-starred restaurant on the 28th floor of the London Hilton hotel on Park Lane.
On Christmas day in 2012, Sirieix launched National Waiters Day to celebrate the work of front of house staff and attract people into the profession. In 2011, he launched The Art of Service - a board game for teaching customer service in hotels and restaurants. Sirieix is also involved in charity work, creating a cocktail competition called the Galvin Cup, which awards young bartenders. He also created the charity Galvin's Chance, which supports underprivileged young front of house staff in London and Scotland's best hotels, restaurants and bars. In 2017, Sirieix, along with Novus, launched the Right Course, which remodels prison staff restaurants to operate as high street restaurants to teach prisoners cooking and about other aspects of service industry.
In 2010, Sirieix was nominated for the Cateys manager of the year award, winning it three years later in 2013. In October 2011, he won the National Restaurant Awards' Personality of the Year for his charity work and promoting the hospitality profession. He was voted Educator of the Year in 2012 at the Imbibe awards and in March 2014, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of West London.
Sirieix is the Maître d' on Channel 4's First Dates, deciding to be part of the show because "it sounded fun and you have to consider any opportunity. I looked carefully at it and became sure it was a good programme at heart." He was also Maître d' on the First Dates spin-off show, First Dates Abroad. In addition to First Dates, Sirieix, along with celebrity chef Michel Roux Jr, co-hosted BBC Two's Michel Roux's Service. In 2012, he appeared on BBC One's The Apprentice whilst the programme filmed at Galvin at Windows.
In 2016, Sirieix released a book called First Dates: The Art of Love.
In 2015, Sirieix released a music track with Mark King from the band Level 42 and rapper XO MAN called La Vie Continue (Life Goes On). Sirieix describes it as "a song about love, loss and everything in between".
Sirieix enjoys keeping fit and is a keen runner and does thirty minutes of boxing in the afternoons, saying "I love boxing, I really love it – what a sport. It's got everything: it’s about the physical fitness, but also your mental fitness." He cycles to work and says he completes 300 press-ups every day as soon as he wakes up.
Sirieix says he has "always had a very strong interest in the inner workings of the mind and how we can use it to visualise and create all sorts of possibilities for ourselves," and has read many books in his "quest for wisdom", with his favourite book being Meditations by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.
He lives in Peckham, south London. During an interview for the Daily Mail in 2016, Sirieix said that he lives with his former partner and their two children, but is in a new relationship.