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The Team at York & Albany


Head Chef Tristan Downes

Born in Yorkshire, York & Albany’s Head Chef Tristan got into cooking from six years old thanks to watching his late nan in the kitchen, and sometimes being given the cake batter bowl or dripping and bread! The taste, the smell, and the flavours from her kitchen meant he ‘was hooked from the beginning’.

Tristan’s first job in the culinary industry was as a kitchen porter in 2004, and he’s never looked back.  Since then he’s been a commis for a celebrity chef in Knightsbridge, got his first Head Chef position at just 24 years old, has opened many restaurants all over London, and has been awarded a few accolades on the way!

His most memorable moments before York & Albany are working Mayfair 34 and working at Hawksmoor air street because they were such different worlds and great learning curves.  Every step in his career, from high pressure, large cover environments to fine dining has all helped Tristan to become the chef he is today.

He is most passionate about the creativity and artistic side of cooking. Tristan likes to ‘imagine and think flavours, bring them together on a plate, with their layers, and textures’. He also enjoys the fact that no day is ever the same. ‘It’s a rollercoaster of a career - such a rewarding career for those who want it’.

Outside of work he spends his time with his wife and son, and his hobbies include working on new cooking techniques, drawing and painting. He’s also a fully trained professional tattoo artist.

General Manager Viviane Alvarenga

Viviane was born in Brazil, Belo Horizonte; Minas Gerais. She has always wanted to be part of the industry, as her grandmother is a chef and teaches cooking, as was her great grandmother. She first started learning to cook in her grandmother’s kitchen.  

In 2002, Viviane arrived in London and began her first job in the industry – at Brazilian Touch Café- on Oxford Street. Since then, some of the most memorable aspects of her career include the openings of Sushisamba, and Sky Garden. Every job that she has had has been important to her and have represented different stages of her life. Her hard work means that she’s moved through the ranks from waitress to head waitress, to floor supervisor, to restaurant assistant manager to bar and restaurant assistant manager to General Manager at York & Albany – which she says is her most challenging job so far!

She’s passionate about hospitality because she loves to generate magic moments for people and enjoys the everyday challenges of dealing with new expectations. It’s all about ‘finding solutions and achieving results with my team’.

Viviane looks up to and is inspired by her mother, Michael Butter, Romain Pottier, and (of course!) Andy Wenlock.

Outside of work, she loves to dive and travel. Viviane is fascinated by Asian food and culture, but says that south America and Brazil is magic too! She works hard so that she can travel to see and understand more of the diversity of our planet. Viviane also loves dancing.

Head Bartender Antonio Letizia

Antonio is the head bartender at York & Albany in Camden and has been with Gordon Ramsay Restaurants since June 2017. He loves what he does, and thrives on keeping the bar in order, training new staff, and instilling his passion about the industry into his team.

He loves talking with guests, drinking classic cocktails, and discovering new bars. Antonio also loves to talk with other bartenders, comparing ideas, and reading drinks menus. His expectations for a drinks menu are very high – if it doesn’t catch his attention in the first few drinks, he’ll stop reading it!

Whilst Antonio loves creating new and exciting cocktails, he feels that the best inspiration will always come from the classics. They are called classic for a reason! His favourite drink is a Negroni, saying that it is ‘such a simple drink and at the same time so complete. It's a drink for anyone and is perfect at any time of the day’.

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