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It’s time to pack your suitcase and
explore how one man’s adventures led to the creation of some of the tastiest products available for today’s time challenged cooks! So settle in for Gordon’s GReat Adventure...

1930

The adventure begins! In a small town in West Yorkshire, Gordon Rhodes was born.

1951

At the young age of 21, Gordon sets off on his first GReat adventure across Europe, armed with nothing more than a few essentials and his beloved diary.From sampling the fine herbs in France to the pungent paprika of Spain, Gordon fast developed a love of food and the ingredients used to make the local dishes.

1952

Ooh lala... Seeing the romantic city of Paris clearly rubbed off on Gordon! Shortly after his return, Gordon met the love of his life, Gwynneth.

1954

The two newlyweds set off on their Honeymoon– A train trip across Europe! Little did Gwynneth know the adventures Gordon was planning for them, including a few quests for herbs and spices along the way...

1960s

Holidays soon became somewhat of a shopping trip! With Gwynneth and their two children by his side, the family would often travel many Rhodes across the globe, returning home with pockets full of herbs and spices to recreate some of the delicious dishes they tasted whilst away!

1970s

Gordon and Gwynneth travelled Pharaoh and wide on a cruise along the River Nile in Egypt, which also included a few unscheduled stops at the old Egyptian markets to pick up some famous Egyptian basil!

1978

Gordon loved sharing his delicious recipes with friends and his now growing family. Whilst reminiscing about the Dalaman sage he had once smelt in the Turkish markets, an idea suddenly popped into Gordon’s head...

1979

Inspired by his wordly adventures, Gordon started selling seasoning, spice and all things nice to the local butchery trade, sharing his exotic tales along the way..

1980s

Gordon’s charm was somewhat rubbing off on the local butchers who were keen to taste more of Gordon’s exotic blends. This called for another trip, this time a little further afield to sample some of the delights that India had to offer.

1990s

Gordon’s at it again! After returning home with a suitcase full of herbs and spices from Indonesia, including one of his favourites, nutmeg, Gordon started concocting some more jolly fine recipes to add to his diary!

2002

It was time for Gordon’s son to take over the family business. Although Gordon retired from his days of selling, he certainly didn’t retire from adventure, or bringing back lots of exotic herbs and spices as souvenirs!

2011

In a dusty corner in an old attic there was an old book … but not just any book… why, it was Gordon’s Diary! Filled with recipes, tales and a plethora of exotic blends, it was time for these to be shared! Alas, The Gordon Rhodes (GR) brand was born.

October 2012

Just one year after, Gordon’s rubs, crumbs and sprinkles we’re first unveiled, which lead to GR winning the 2012 Deliciously Yorkshire Best Innovation Award!

November 2012

Gordon’s legacy was spreading! These top-notch companies couldn’t resist stocking the GR range- John Lewis, Fortnum and Mason, and Wholefoods.

December 2013

Yet another award, this time CoolBrand 2013/14 Status! Time to celebrate by planning the next delicious recipe to release and it’s going to be Drop Bread delicious...

August 2014

Our Drop Bread Gorgeous Sauce Mix wins a Gold Star 2014 Great Taste Award. We also revealed Gordon’s secret recipes for Jolly Fine Stuffing – just in time for Christmas!

September 2014

Slow and Steamy Moroccan Lamb Tagine and American Style Pig Easy Pulled Pork join the Gourmet Sauce Mix family!

October 2014

In true Gordon style, GR went on a continental adventure, this time to Paris to exhibit at Sial - the international food exhibition.

November 2015

We say Howdy to Sticky Brisket Beef without the Grief & a French classic, Bish Bash Posh Sausage Cassoulet!

July 2016

Gordon loved travelling to South America and tasting all the Chillis. What better way to spice things up a little than with some Wicked Hot Rubs!

August 2016

Now we’re talking (and showing off a little) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, spreading the word of Gordon one social post at a time!

Where to next?

Well, we haven’t even told you about Gordon’s trip to Mexico or Sweden yet! Watch this space

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