Oliver Peyton

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Oliver Peyton is an Irish restaurateur, food writer and a judge on Great British Menu.

In the 1990s Oliver opened the restaurants the Atlantic Bar & Grill near Piccadilly and Coast in Mayfair. Then, in Manchester, he opened Mash & Air, a brasserie and a restaurant respectively.

In 2002 Peyton opened the Admiralty restaurant in Somerset House to serve its arts community, and 2004 saw the opening of Inn the Park, a restaurant in St James’s Park.

The Peyton & Byrne company, incorporated in 2005, led to further restaurants at national establishments. The business then opened 5 Peyton & Byrne Bakeries across London.


Peyton has been one of the three judges on Great British Menu since its inception on BBC2 television in 2006.

He was described by food critic Matthew Fort as “the Phineas T. Barnum of restaurateurs” and having a “penchant for the spectacular and the idiosyncratic”.

Oliver also presented ‘Eating Art’ which sees him travel across Europe and North America on the trial of history’s most prolific food artists.

In 2012 Oliver received an honorary OBE for services to catering.

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Oliver is a visionary with extensive expertise in the worlds of restaurants, retail, cultural heritage, broadcasting and leisure.

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