He is the fourth generation in his family to be a Chef. Stephen’s father was an Executive Chef at the first five-star beach hotel in India, his grandfather was a chef on board a battleship during the Second World War, and his great grandfather was Head Chef at the Eastern Shipping Company during the Raj. After training within a variety of five star hotels across Asia, he now utilises his heritage, experience and gastronomic travels to create his unique modern Indian fusion cuisine, with elements of molecular cooking. Renowned for his pioneering take on Indian recipes, Stephen is recognised as being among the first chefs to experiment with natural food science in his dishes. A true Gastro-physicist at heart, his passion for food and innovation clearly transforms itself in the sensational and unique tastes, textures and presentation of his dishes.
This signature style has seen Chef Stephen cook for many dignitaries – including those of the former US President George Bush, a host of Hollywood and Bollywood stars, and most recently the players of both the Indian and Sri Lankan cricket teams (including the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Sidhu).
Stephen Gomes has held the title of ‘Best UK Indian Chef’ with the prestigious Cobra Good Curry Guide for a large part of the last decade (2007/8/9/10/11/13-14) and was named Goldstar English Curry Chef of the Year (2013) and crowned Goldstar Welsh Curry Chef of the Year (2014). He was also awarded a role of honour for his culinary excellence; received the International Cuisine Award (2009); and was recently honoured as being one of the best Indian Chefs in the world for his charity recipe in the Mood Food guide. He is also a Member of the Craft Guild of Chefs.
In 2015, he was awarded an AA Rosette for Moksh; the first Indian restaurant in Wales to achieve this prestigious accolade. He was also named Ethnic Chef of the Year at the Craft Guild of Chef’s Awards 2015. Known as the ‘Chef’s Oscars’ within the Industry, the awards recognise the ‘cream of the crop’ of the UK Chef scene. In August 2015, Stephen was chosen to represent Wales on BBC2’s Great British Menu.
Chef Stephen is committed to nurturing young talent, and as a former lecturer at the Asian Oriental School of Catering in Hackney, has lectured in modern Indian cuisine. He continues to support young chefs coming into the industry, and offers them excellent opportunities for training by transferring his culinary skills. Year on year, he continues to support the South Asian Chef Competition – while as well as judging the competition, he provides advice and support to the Finalists following the competition. Previously, he has also been invited to judge competitions including EuroSkills and the Asian Food Awards.
Over the years, Stephen has made a number of additional contributions to the Industry through auctioning numerous Chef’s Nights off for charities including the Kidney Wales Foundation. He has supported events including those organised by Sight Support, part of Wales Council for the Blind. More recently he was invited to cook for the Welsh Asian Women’s Achievement Awards – a project designed to empower Asian women throughout Wales, and promote and applaud their representation in all aspects of Welsh life.