Welcome to Severn Bites. I’m a professionally trained bread baker having trained in France in 2014. I now run a variety of courses including bread baking, sweet doughs, pastry and pizza making classes for beginners and those with some knowledge. The emphasis is on providing skills that can be replicated at home. For those wishing to progress to professional level, I run one day tailored courses.
From marketing to bread making
I blame it on Richard Bertinet who runs the Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School. About 5 years ago I took a croissant making class with him thinking I knew plenty about bread. It turned out I didn’t. After saving up and taking his 5-day bread class I was inspired – but what should I do next?
After many years in marketing, I needed a change. To cut a long story short, I decided to train professionally. First of all I went to France under the WWOOF scheme (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and had a fascinating time working in a bakery in Normandy that eschewed any machinery. If I could manipulate 25 kilos of dough, I could do anything!
Not finding anywhere in the UK suitable at the time, in 2014 I went to Briare in France to learn to be a professional baker with Banette. More than 300 Banette branded bakeries exist all over France. The course I followed usually leads to participants opening their own bakery. Unusually, the class was opened to foreign participants. Over 4 months, I learnt not only bread making techniques but how to run a bakery. You can read my diary on the Edinburgh Foody blog.
I founded the Edinburgh Foody blog in 2010. I worked with many well known brands and PR companies and grew the blog to the highest ranking in Edinburgh with a writing panel of 4. Whilst still living in Edinburgh, I ran bread classes too as Edinburgh Foody. I taught adults and children and chefs who wanted to add bread skills to their portfolios. It was such fun getting everyone enthusiastic about bread.
I moved to Gloucestershire in 2016 and now teach classes from my home. My passion is viennoiserie – I just love creating sweet and savoury breads, croissants, pain au chocolat and more.
- Been awarded Bronze in the World Bread Awards for my Almond Babka
- I won the World Sloe Gin Championships 2016
- Judged in the World Bread Awards 2017 and returning judge in 2018.
- Judged in the Great Taste Awards
- Appeared on BBC Radio Gloucester making bread and pastry
I enjoy working with PR companies, producers and restaurants. Blog posts will always indicate if I have been invited to review a restaurant, product or gadget but my views are always my own. Find out how to work with me.
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