Hello….. and welcome to my Blog.
It’s all about my busy and varied life as a London pastry chef, and will include recipes, titbits about my day to day work, and tips on how you can get the best out of your own baking.
I came up with the intention that this blog should be fun and light hearted, & so I have made the recipes as simple as I could and easy to make in the home kitchen
I’d like this blog to tempt and encourage the timid, or novice, bake/chef, who fears the oven and and feels intimidated by the whisk ! I also want the blog to be interactive- so you can ask me about things you may want to try, and also get tips on how to correct mistakes or solve problems.
If I come across any new products, ingredients or websites I may think will help or inspire people as they have myself to get the best out of the oven & stove I’ll be sure to let you all in on them. I think the best thing is to share the knowledge, I owe a lot to the chefs and bakers who shared their knowledge, tips & recipes with me when I worked under them in my junior days, so I hope I can do the same for others.
Good grief, I hear you say, that sounds like a lot of work! Well, perhaps it is: but I will do my very best to serve you well! So let’s get beating those eggs, and kneading those buns! I wont rest until everyone has, at the very least, made and packed their own fudge 😉
Here’s a little bit about me: I have been a pastry chef for 30 years now, starting as a an apprentice as a skinny un worldly 18yr old, baking, rolling and icing! I have worked mainly for large blue-chip corporate operations, feeding the directors at some of the top companies in the world. This is usually all done in a very fast paced environment within large brigades of chefs, and over the years I’ve managed to work my way up from junior apprentice to head pastry chef.
I’m also an accomplished cake decorator, and I suppose I’ve developed my own rather flamboyant quirky style over the years- creating cakes for a few celebrities along the way: Including Dannii Minogue, and several members of the pop band, Girls Aloud, And a few others from the world of the telly box.
After a 7 Month sabbatical working as creative designer at Love bakery on the kings road with the marvelous Samantha Blears, I returned to work at the ‘Ten sp” restaurant at Spring Studios in Kentish Town, London, where I had worked previously as pastry chef . It is a large photographic and filming complex, catering for high end media, magazine, retail, fashion, and show-business clients.
Then in 2015 I was made redundant after 8 years at the studios, but this was not seen as a bad thing, just an opportunity to start something new.
So now I work as Pastry chef at the fabulous Biscuiteers, where I’m charged with the production and development of new cakes for their icing cafes.
I reckon I’ve gathered plenty of knowledge worth passing on to others, and I’m very much looking forward to doing so. But I still think there’s lots for me to find out still on the way as well (Living proof an old dog can learn new tricks) So lets get on with it! And just remember, whatever you try to do, always use your imagination and aim to put your own stamp on things. But above all- let’s have lots of messy fun !!
Note: As I blog as I work, all photos are taken while I’m on the go, on an iPhone, too busy for on the spot photography, and styling with an amazing camera 🙂
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