Irish-born restaurateur Oliver Peyton was today presented with an honorary OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Tourism and Heritage Minister John Penrose in recognition of his service to the hospitality industry.
Oliver Peyton is a renowned restaurateur and founder and Chair of Peyton & Byrne. He burst on to the London restaurant scene in 1994 with the Atlantic Bar & Grill and more openings followed including Coast, Mash & Air, and Isola.
In 2004 he launched Inn The Park, a restaurant and café in St James’s Park and has continued to target opportunities within some of Britain’s biggest national institutions. Peyton & Byrne now lead the way in public space dining with the Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts, The National Café, The Orangery and Pavilion both at Kew Gardens and the ICA Café Bar.
He is also involved in a number of TV projects, most famously as one of the judges in the BBC’s Great British Menu.
John Penrose said:
“It gives me great pleasure to present this honorary OBE to Oliver Peyton. His restaurants have been at the forefront of both architectural design as well as gastronomic standards and he has played a huge role in the London and British restaurant scene for nearly twenty years. The quality, variety and scope of British food has been transformed in the last few decades, and Oliver has been a leading light in the process. This honour is richly deserved.”
Oliver Peyton said:
“I am thrilled to have received this award, it’s a magnificent honour. I am lucky enough to work in a business that I love alongside my family and to win this is the icing on the cake!”