Following a successful career at some of Canada’s top hotels and restaurants, Fergus O’Halloran returned home to Galway in 2004. In close partnership with the hotel developers, he was heavily involved in all aspects of the design, planning and philosophy of the acclaimed luxury boutique hotel The Twelve, in Barna.
Fergus graduated from Les Roches Hotel Management School in Switzerland. He then moved to Canada, beginning his career there with the Four Seasons in Toronto. He then moved on to manage Chiaro’s in Toronto’s landmark hotel, The King Edward. Under his guidance, Chiaro’s became Toronto’s top fine dining destination.
From there he moved to Canada’s west coast, where he managed the food and beverage operation in Canada’s top boutique hotel, The Wedgewood in Vancouver City. He also spent two years in Whistler where he successfully opened and established the restaurant of the number one ranked Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia.
Passionate about both food and wine, Fergus graduated as Canada’s top Sommelier from The International Sommelier Guild of Canada, and is noted for his exceptional food and wine pairings. Whilst in Canada, he garnered seven Wine Spectator Awards for ‘The Most Outstanding Wine Lists In The World’ and has since carried on this tradition in The Twelve.
His philosophy has always been to provide an exceptional and memorable experience for every one of his guests. He has been closely involved with all aspects of The Twelve’s invention, and, as GM, looks forward to greeting guests and overseeing new and exciting developments in this luxury destination.
Fergus has a tremendous passion and belief in food tourism and in showcasing local ingredients and skills. An influencer in the local hospitality community, Fergus also contributes significantly to the national conversation and direction of the hospitality sector.
He is a former director and chairperson of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, the Western Tourism Forum, the Irish Hotels Federation and Galway Tourism Committee, a Failte Ireland Food Ambassador and a director of the Galway Food Festival.