Chris Corbin and Jeremy King first met whilst working at Langan's Brasserie and Joe Allen's respectively, both influential restaurants on the London scene in the late 1970s.
They acquired Le Caprice in 1981 and in 1990 they bought The Ivy which had been established in 1917 but at the time of purchase was very run down. In no time at all they turned it into the most in-demand eaterie in the West End.
They continued their theme of restoring faded restaurants to their former glory by purchasing J. Sheekey in 1998. They sold their company (Caprice Holdings Limited) to Belgo Limited in 1998 but remained as non-executive Directors until 2002.
They opened The Wolseley in 2003 which was originally built in 1923 as a Wolseley car showroom with marble pillars and Venetian arches, and was renovated in palatial splendour, resulting in the spirit and look of the grand European cafes of the 19th century. It had long been an ambition to open an all-day brasserie/café in the European style, which The Wolseley has fulfilled.
The Delaunay, in the Aldwych, opened to great acclaim in November 2011 and in April 2012, Chris and Jeremy agreed a deal with Graphite Capital, the UK mid-market private equity specialist, who invested £21 million in the company to expand its portfolio.
Brasserie Zédel opened its doors in June 2012 and in October 2012 they also opened the Colbert, a neighbourhood café on the highly sought after site of the former Oriel café and restaurant on Sloane Square.
In 2014 the company name changed from Rex Restaurant Associates to Corbin & King, in the same year they opened The Beaumont Hotel in London.
For over 30 years Chris and Jeremy have presided over the London dining scene as alchemists of haute celebrity hangouts, to which the gifted and glamourous swarm.
Chris was honoured by the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame in 2015.