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Chocolatier Culture

In Memoriam: Gary Mitchell, Purdys' Head Chocolatier

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our head chocolatier Gary Mitchell.

Gary was such a positive force in the lives of so many, not just at Purdys, but for his family, friends and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him even briefly.

He had been battling cancer for the past few years but he never lost his spark or his joy for life.

He was a cornerstone of Purdys history and a big part of the Purdys family and our wider community.

Gary invented the Himalayan Pink Salt Caramel, award-winning Goat Cheese & Chardonnay Truffle and countless other favourites. I know his incredible passion for everything he did will always come through in the chocolates and the recipes he created. But above all, Gary’s warmth and kindness are the things that most stood out about him.

Gary was and will continue to be our inspiration, and we will miss him greatly as both a true friend and colleague.

—Peter Higgins, President & Chocolate Scientist

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