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John Quigley

John Quigley


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John Quigley was born in Scotland on 23rd October 1963.  In 1982 he came to London and entered the Good Food Guide as one of the youngest Head Chefs of that time. He established Andrew Edmunds Wine Bar & Restaurant “85-“90 as one of London’s most popular and fashionable eateries. He then decided to “hit the road” as chef for Tina Turner. Following on from this he took up offers to work with Paul McCartney, MC Hammer, Whitney Houston, Guns n’ Roses, the Bee Gees, Morrissey and Rod Stewart.  This led to four years as personal vegan chef to Bryan Adams.  He constantly toured the globe with Bryan Adams from Vancouver to Vietnam, Mexico City to Brunei.  In spring 1995 John returned to Glasgow.  John then went on to successfully launch Mojo Restaurant and Bar “95-“99; The Arthouse Hotel “98-“01; and Quigleys Restaurant (in partnership) “01-“04. He also managed to find time to complete 3 series as Guest Chef Presenter for Scottish Television’s established food series Square Meals and co-hosted Boiling Point – a light entertainment food quiz show.

From April 97 to April 99 John was a guest chef presenter on a BBC Radio Scotland programme one morning a week. This involved live “on air” cooking and discussion centred on Scottish cooking past and present. John has also worked as a contributing food editor for Esquire Magazine, The Sunday Mail, The Glasgow Herald, The Scotsman and The Glasgow Evening Times and to The Good Food Channel, STV and BBC Radio Scotland. In November 2004 John opened his first solo venture - Red Onion restaurant.   The Sunday Times is quoted as saying “Red Onion is relaxed, superb value and refreshingly straightforward”. Red Onion has retained the Silver Thistle Award for excellence over 5 years and was recently entered The Good Food Guide 2012/13.

John has a regular chef/presenter role on STV Glasgows Riverside Show and is a studio guest on BBC Radio Scotlands Kitchen Café.

Red Onion currently enjoys a high social media profile where thousands of followers enjoy John’s tweets and follow his regular blog and facebook.


Award winning Red Onion is situated in the heart of Glasgow city centre. Chef/patron, John Quigley'sroller coaster career started in London’s West End where he quickly established himself and gained a reputation for excellent casual gourmet dining. He then took the opportunity to travel the world as a private chef to rock stars and celebrities such as Bryan Adams, Tina Turner and Guns n Roses. In 2005 John and his wife Gillian opened Red Onion. Red Onion is open 7 days a week serving food all day from 12 am. It is a contemporary casual dining experience with a menu that offers something for everyone it is relaxed and informal with the bustling feel of your local neighbourhood bistro. Red Onion has been re-entered The Good Food Guide for 2014 which is testament to the consistently high standards of John and his team.

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