Global Restaurant Investment Forum

Speaker Profile

Jeremy King OBE

Co-Founder & CEO, Corbin & King

Jeremy King was born in Somerset in 1954 and educated at Christ’s Hospital. He initially pursued a career in merchant banking but gave that up to go into catering, becoming Searcy’s youngest ever manager at the age of 21. Although headhunted to run a restaurant, wine bar and wine importing business, he soon returned to his passion for restaurants with the arrival of American restaurant Joe Allen in London, where he was Maître d’Hôtel.

Jeremy met Chris Corbin in the late 1970s and they have been business partners for nearly 40 years. Together, the pair have created some of the most iconic and highly-regarded establishments in London. Today, the group comprises The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Zédel, Colbert, Fischer’s and Café Wolseley (the group’s first venture outside London), Soutine which opened in St John’s Wood in April and Manzi’s seafood restaurant which will open in 2020.

Prior to opening The Wolseley, Chris and Jeremy owned and managed some of London’s most famous restaurants, including Le Caprice (opened 1981), The Ivy (1990) and J Sheekey (1998), all as part of Caprice Holdings, which they sold in 2000, staying on as directors until 2002.

Jeremy was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List for services to the hospitality industry and voluntary services to the Arts.