Antonio Galan, a 25-year restaurant veteran, was born in Mexico City and grew up in Chicago. He started his career in hospitality as a dishwasher and busboy which later prompted him to study culinary arts at the Washburn Trade School in Chicago. Over time, he worked his way up to executive chef and in February 2014 was named executive chef at Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel.
Prior to his move to Galveston, Galan was the executive chef at LaTorretta Lake Resort & Spa in Conroe and at the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel in Houston where he was responsible for two full-service restaurants and banquets. He also worked at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel and the Renaissance Austin Hotel.
His philosophy on cooking is “Treat food with respect and love and everything else will fall into place.”
At Hotel Galvez, Galan is responsible for overseeing Galvez Bar & Grill, Sunday Brunch, the poolside grill, room service as well as banquets. He is supported by a banquet chef, executive sous chef and other support staff. During this year’s holiday brunches at Hotel Galvez Galan and his staff will serve as many as 1,500 guests.
Q & A with Executive Chef Antonio Galan
What is your favorite item on the menu at Galvez Bar & Grill?
My favorite Galvez Bar & Grill menu item is the shrimp and polenta and grilled red fish salad.
If you could only prepare one final meal, what would be on your menu?
I would prepare a dual entrée of petite filet topped with blue cheese and wild mushroom and a demi pan seared sea bass with crab-shrimp Beurre blanc.
Who is your role model for cooking?
Nicola Torres, the Executive Chef of Renaissance/Marriott Hotels. Great Culinarian, loved food, created great dishes with passion and devotion.
What is your favorite dish to prepare at home?
My kids love lasagna so we make it together and I love making mom’s Chile relleno recipe. It’s delicious!
Galvez Bar & Grill is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Galvez Sunday Brunch, touted as one of the “Top 100” Brunches in the US by OpenTable users is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday while dinner is served from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations are available via Open Table or by calling 409.515.2145.