Award-win­ning chef is bank­rupt

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ONE of Cardiff’s best-known chefs has been de­clared bank­rupt.

Stephen James Gomes was the chef be­hind the ex­per­i­men­tal and much­lauded Moksh In­dian restau­rant in Cardiff Bay.

Mr Gomes, of Paget Street in Cardiff, was de­clared bank­rupt in a no­tice pub­lished on the of­fi­cial record, The Gazette.

The or­der was pub­lished on De­cem­ber 24.

Mr Gomes was linked to sev­eral busi­nesses reg­is­tered with Com­pa­nies House – Moksh Spice Lim­ited, Moksh Res­tau­rants Lim­ited, One Res­tau­rants Cardiff Ltd and SG Group Hold­ings Ltd – all with ad­dresses c/o Moksh, Ocean Build­ing, Bute Cres­cent, Cardiff, United King­dom, CF10 5AN.

He was listed as di­rec­tor of all four but re­signed from each post on Septem­ber 1 last year, ac­cord­ing to Com­pa­nies House records.

Moksh closed sud­denly in Au­gust, with Mr Gomes telling WalesOn­line the clo­sure was to en­able the restau­rant to re­lo­cate to a “big­ger bet­ter lo­ca­tion across the street” – a move he’d orig­i­nally planned to make in 2017.

The restau­rant re­opened across the road from the orig­i­nal premises.

He also spoke of plans for an­other restau­rant called 101, which was to ap­ply his quirky gas­tro-physics take on cook­ery to more tra­di­tional Welsh and Bri­tish dishes.

Mr Gomes has been con­tacted for com­ment.

Moksh restau­rant was asked to com­ment as to whether Mr Gomes was still in­volved with the restau­rant but de­clined to com­ment.

Last year Mr Gomes said he closed Gourmet Guru – his 2017 Mum­bai street food takeover of the for­mer Pizza Pronto con­ces­sion – in or­der to have as many hands on deck as pos­si­ble for the Moksh move.

The 43-year-old was crowned the Out­stand­ing Asian and Ori­en­tal Chef of the Year at the Asian and Ori­en­tal Chef Awards in Lon­don in 2017.

AN­DREW JAMES

Chef Stephen Gomes

MATTHEW HORWOOD

Moksh Restau­rant in Cardiff Bay

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