About the Bear

sam_1983When James, “Chocolate Bear” Gordon first started out as a chef at the age of 16, food intolerances and dietary needs were still raising eyebrows and rolling eyes in the kitchen. Believing that everyone who chooses to dine out should be catered for, James would disappear to the fridge when a diner with dietary needs arrived, only to come back five minutes later with a list of choices for them to choose from.

A few years later, TheChocolateBearKitchen.com was born – a recipe website, showcasing gluten free, vegan and dairy free alternatives. The success of this website and its adjoining Instagram account prompted James to leave his fulltime job and start spreading his Inclusive Eating ethos via the medium of Pop Ups.

Since then, The Chocolate Bear Kitchen has been part of NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark Programme, appeared in Bristol’s Food Waste Festival, Business Insiders Magazine and raised over £36,000 of equity investment as part of Crowd10. The future is looking bright for the Bear and we hope to see you at one of our events soon. The Chocolate Bear Kitchen