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At just 26 years old, Gordon Stott has just been announced as a Finalist in the ‘Pub Chef of the Year’ category in the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards. Known in the industry as the ‘Chefs’ Oscars’ AND as a third year running finalist he’s kind of a big deal!
Gordon is one of the UK’s youngest head chefs and pub landlords, running The Sun Inn in Dummer, Hampshire.
Gordon took over the pub at the age of just 20 and has been pivotal in changing the face of the business, achieving nationwide success and a plethora of accolades including;
When I read up on Gordon and all of his achievements I was blown away at just how much he has achieved already in his life. Being just 21 myself and working full time alongside writing the blog I found myself relating to him but also in awe, which is why I endeavored to interview him.
I asked Gordon a number of questions about his off duty eating habits, work life and some top tips for aspiring chefs. Here’s what he had to say…
Are there any big food trends you predict for 2017?
I’m not sure I can predict what’s going to happen in general this year, but what I’ve noticed with our diners is a preference for classic British dishes and flavours with a modern twist.
You have a day off, where do you go for the best food and drink?
On Sunday evenings we close the pub so this is when I tend to eat out. There’s not too many good pubs serving food on a Sunday evening, and if they do it’s a smaller menu than usual, so I tend to go to local hotels. One of my favourites is the Vineyard at Stockcross, near Newbury.
Do you have any favourite Gastro Pubs?
The big one of course is the Hand and Flowers! It definitely deserves its two Michelin stars.
If you weren’t a chef what was Plan B?
When I was younger I wanted to be a carpenter, but it didn’t take me too longer to realise that cooking was what I really wanted to do. Once I made the decision to train to be a chef there was no Plan B; I knew from the minute I started this was for me.
You are so young yet you’ve achieved so much, what is the most memorable moment in your career?
It has to be the day I was asked to step up as landlord and head chef at The Sun Inn. I was only 20 and being so young, I knew it would be make or break me! More recently, being awarded a BIB Gourmand in the 2017 Michelin Guide was a big moment. It was such a shock and I found out on Twitter!
Do you have any tips for young and aspiring chefs?
If your mind isn’t fully committed and you are not willing to make this your life, not just a job, then being a chef isn’t for you! Learn as much as possible by moving to different places to learn from all different chefs, as each and every one have their own techniques and tips.
Who has the final say on the menu at The Sun Inn?
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
And finally, I’m at The Sun Inn for one time only, what should I order?
I would go for the Tasting Menu, which gives you a chance to taste 6 different courses. This menu really shows off the fantastic ingredients we use and our style of cooking. Or if you’re feeling like a big hearty pub classic meal, I recommend our Braised Rack of Ribs; they just fall off the bone and melt in your mouth, and they’re extremely big!
I’m hoping to visit to Sun Inn soon to taste some of Gordon’s creations for myself! I’d love to know if you’ve been and what you thought – comment below!