I have worked in the baking industry for just over 50 years, both in the UK and internationally. My working life started in a small family craft bakery in Essex during which time I attended Bakery school and achieved my bakery/technical qualifications. Since then I have worked in both small and medium sized bakeries and also a few of the main ISB bakery groups as Bakery Manager. As my career progressed, I spent time working in the Middle East with a food group, which was very educational and interesting.
I am currently National Technical Support Manager for ADM and head up a team, who are mainly on the road, involved in NPD, recipe formulation trouble shooting and advise internally and externally with the customer base.
During my working career both freelance and as a humble baker, pâtissier, confectioner, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience during my travels working with an array of ethnic customers, products and processes.
Guess what? A main hobby, no surprise is baking & cooking, "being a general foodie", developing new recipes and ideas, along with DIY, walking the dog and being an avid supporter of my local football team Reading FC. I have judged numerous competitions over the years for The Soil Association and Master Baker Competitions. I developed the winning recipe and led the baking team which gained the "Field to Loaf" Guinness World Record 2016 - which I am very proud to say we still hold.