Irishman Oliver Peyton left his native Co Mayo in 1979 to study textiles at Leicester Polytechnic when he was just 17. He soon gave up his studies and moved into the nightclub business, opening up 'Can' in Brighton and then 'Raw' in London. He also diversified during the 80's and started importing drinks such as Japanese beers Kirin and Sapporo, and Absolut vodka.
In the 90's Oliver moved into the restaurant business and opened 'Coast' in London, and then 'Mash' in both London and Manchester. But he is perhaps most famous for his ambitious and architecturally spectacular project the 'Atlantic Bar & Grill' which he opened in London in 1994 which went on to become a famous haunt of rock stars and actors in the 90's. He also opened 'Isola' in Knightsbridge and 'The Admiralty' in Somerset House.
Currently Oliver's impressive array of outlets include 'The National Café' in the East wing of The National Gallery, The 'National Dining Room' in the Sainsbury Wing of the same gallery and 'The Wallace', a French Brasserie at the Wallace Collection in London. He has a bread and pastry shop 'Peyton and Byrne Bakery' at Heal's building in London and 'Meals' Café in the same building. He also owns the 'Inn The Park' and continues to run 'Mash' in London.
Apart from his appearance on 'The Restaurant', Oliver can be seen on our TV screens in his role as a food critic along with Prue Leith and Matthew Fort, in a new series of the hit show 'The Great British Menu' which starts again on BBC2 in early April 2007.
For further information on Oliver Peyton's restaurants check out www.thenationaldiningrooms.co.uk