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Meet Gavin of Purely Pesto

A gastronomic trip around Italy in 2005 sampling pesto sparked the idea of creating a similar product for the UK market. I had trained and worked as a chef for 10 years and decided to take on a new challenge. We started in 2006 with just two products, the classic Basil pesto and sun-dried tomato, which we sold at Suffolk farmer’s markets and local farm shops. As popularity for the product grew the chef in me started to get creative, with herbs and flavours and Purely Pesto began to grow.

Where we can, we use local produce in our products. The vegetables and herbs we can’t source locally, I hand pick myself each week at New Spitalfields market. Quality ingredients are essential in our process of creating the fantastic flavours of our range. For example, we often get asked why we use cashew nuts in our pesto: we love the creamy flavour and texture, combined with the grated Grana Padano is just amazing.

For a long time, shopping locally has been growing in importance to many people. Customers are definitely more in tune with where their food comes from and keen on minimising waste. We make to order and so our waste is incredibly low. We also work with other local suppliers and deliver their products on our weekly rounds, cutting back on unnecessary journeys.

We are a small family run business, and family is central to our success. We love making our pesto and hope that comes across in the taste test!

What’s the first restaurant you’re going to visit? The first place you’ll travel to?
Watson and Walpole, in Framlingham, Suffolk, a delicious Italian. I can’t wait to get back to Holkham beach!

Where is your happy place?
At home, with my wife and children, cooking something yummy on our wood fired oven! It was a real investment and we use it whenever we can!

What’s the strangest dish someone has used your products for? Have you tried it?
Taramasalata with roast pork served in a warm pitta bread with fresh rocket! It’s not a combination that I would have ever thought of, but I’m looking forward to trying it!

  • Rocket Pesto
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  • Parsley Pesto
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  • Tarragon Pesto
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  • Sundried Tomato Pesto
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  • Pea Shoot Pesto
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  • Coriander Pesto
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  • Basil Pesto
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  • Kalamata Olives
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  • Mixed Olives
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  • Almond Olives
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