Our Team

Victor Borg – Executive Chef

Grain - Chef Victor

Award-winning chef Victor Borg was appointed Executive Chef of Under Grain in 2019. Bringing with him a wealth of experience from culinary powerhouses such as Gordon Ramsay’s world-famous Aubergine in London and Bagatelle, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Oslo, Victor steered Under Grain to Michelin-star success in 2020, a mere five months after the fine dining restaurant opened its doors.

Victor’s lifelong passion for cuisine began when he was 15 years old, where he spent his formative years learning the fundamentals of cooking and cuisine at one of Malta’s first five-star hotels. Following a degree in Food and Beverage Services from the Institute of Tourism Studies, Victor soon rose through the ranks to achieve a number of prestigious invitations to join world-class kitchen brigades abroad, including the Bellevue Palace in Bern, Switzerland.

From an early age, Victor has been blazing a trail in the local culinary scene, scooping up countless awards and international honours along the way. At 24, Victor won the National Chef of the Year award, making him the youngest chef to ever receive the title. Victor has also competed alongside Malta’s National Team of Chefs for 15 consecutive years, acting as captain eight times. As part of the team, Victor has won two gold medals at the World Association of Chef Societies (WACS), making him the only Maltese chef to achieve such a feat. In 1999, aged just 25, Victor headed up his very own restaurant, Mange Tout in Xemxija, which went on to be voted Best Overall Restaurant in Malta for seven consecutive years.

With international acclaim and a stellar reputation, Victor brings his gregarious personality and expert culinary skills to Under Grain where he continues to concoct inventive dishes that push the boundaries of contemporary French cuisine with their bold flavour combinations

Thomas Mifsud Bonnici – Restaurant Manager

Thomas Mifsud Bonnici – Restaurant Manager

Thomas Mifsud Bonnici is a highly-experienced restaurant manager and a consummate hospitality professional who has been operating in the top-flight of the industry for over a decade. Appointed as restaurant manager of Under Grain in 2020, Thomas maintains the restaurant’s stellar gourmet reputation and works alongside Executive Chef Victor Borg in developing novel dining concepts that appeal to sophisticated gastronomes.

Beginning his career in a wine bar in Valletta, Thomas soon developed a flair for tapping into culinary trends to design menus and wine lists that proved immensely popular with diners. Over the years, Thomas went on to hold several senior food and beverage roles at leading hotels in Malta.

In 2015, Thomas was appointed assistant restaurant and private dining manager at The Goring Hotel, a historic luxury hotel in London’s Belgravia district, renowned for its modern British cuisine at The Dining Room restaurant. In a string of career highlights here, Thomas oversaw a number of high-profile functions for the Royal Family, where he delivered an outstanding service to achieve utmost satisfaction from the royals. Thomas’s exacting standards and meticulous organisational skills were instrumental in The Dining Room securing and retaining its Michelin star for three years as well as a Forbes five-star status for four years running.

Thomas remains extremely passionate about the culinary industry and continues to develop his knowledge for food, wine, and customer service to offer guests unparalleled dining experiences.

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