Brendan O’Sullivan was born in 1963, and after graduating from school, it took him ten years to discover that what he was doing in the telephone industry was not what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. So, at age 28 he attended a professional cookery course in Ireland, and after graduating in 1993, he went to London to apprentice at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. At age 31, he returned to Ireland to work at Great Chef’ Patrick Guilbaud’s in Dublin, and then worked under Great Chef Guillaume Le Brun from 1994 to 1997. He then moved to Galway, working his way up the kitchen ladder in De Burgos Restaurant.
In 1998, at age 36, he and his partners, Regis and Anita Martin, who he had met while working in Patrick Guilbaud’s, opened their own Archway Restaurant. The following year in 1999, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape Chef Brendan for their Great Chefs of the World Television series for the Discovery Channel. (Chef Brendan appears in episodes 168, 189 and 223.)
Archway Restaurant still wins awards after all these years.