Gordon Stott is one of the UK’s most exciting and talented young chefs. Multi-award-winning, inventive and fanatical about food; Gordon has built a reputation as one of the industry’s rising stars.
A graduate of Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Gordon gained his first experience in top kitchens at the 2 Michelin star Vineyard at Stockcross and The Carnarvon Arms near Newbury. In 2010, he joined The Sun Inn in Dummer, Hampshire, as sous chef and 18 months later took over as landlord and head chef at the age of 20. Six years under his leadership, the popular gastropub increased profits by 320%, received multiple accolades and extensive media coverage in print, online and broadcast.
In May 2018, Gordon left The Sun Inn to open his first solo pub – The Purefoy Arms in the pretty village of Preston Candover. The 45-cover restaurant underwent a major six-figure refurbishment to reflect Gordon’s vision of a traditional British pub serving creative dishes made using seasonal ingredients from local suppliers like Owtons Butchers, Moonroast Coffee, Hill Farm Juices, New Forest Ice Cream and Andwell’s Brewery.
The regularly changing menu features dishes like Whole Roasted Stuffed Quail Served with Carrot Puree, Hispi Cabbage and Bubble and Squeak, and Faggot and Rack of Lamb served with Pea and Bacon Succotash, Celeriac, Crushed Potatoes and a Red Wine Jus.
Less than six months after opening, The Purefoy Arms was awarded ‘Gastropub of the Year’ at the Food Awards England 2018. Rave reviews have also appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Olive Magazine, Town & Country, The Sun on Sunday’s Fabulous Magazine, Hampshire Living and more.
Awards & accolades
Gastro Pub of England in the Food Awards England 2018
British Hospitality Hall of Fame 2018 (Finalist)
Acorn Award 2017
Craft Guild of Chefs Pub Chef of the Year 2017
(Winner); Finalist 2016 & 2015.
UK Parliamentary Young Pub Chef of the Year 2016 & 2018
Inspire Awards Young Businessperson of the Year 2016
(Winner); Finalist 2015 & 2014.
Gastropub of Year – Food Awards England 2016
2 AA Rosettes and Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017
(The Sun Inn).
Gastropub of the Year – Food Awards England 2018 (Winner).
Top 50 Gastropubs 2019 – Newcomer of the Year (Finalist).
Casual Dining Awards 2019 – Pub of the Year (Finalist).
2 AA Rosettes 2019 (The Purefoy Arms).
Great British Pub Awards 2019 – Chef of the Year & Best Food Pub 2019 (The Purefoy Arms).
Inspiring a new generation of chefs
As one of the UK’s youngest landlords and head chefs, Gordon Stott has become a figurehead for aspiring talent in the hospitality industry. He has mentored students and college leavers and hosted a Masterchef-style competition for the last few years. Gordon continues to inspire a new generation of chefs. He regularly speaks and demos at events and is involved with mentoring programmes.
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