My journey into the world of baking
Growing up as a farmers daugther I've always had a keen interest in food and its origins. I began baking from a very early age with my grandmother (a baker's daughter) and then in professional kitchens as a weekend job whilst studying. After graduating from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Literature however, I left the kitchens behind and began a career in publishing in London.
After several years of hankering after a return to the flour dusted kitchen I took the plunge, packed my bags and moved to America to enroll at the Baking Institute of San Francisco to train professionally in baking - specifically bread and pastry.
Following completion of formal training I worked in artisan bakeries in both America and the UK, before moving into teaching and also event catering, specialising in pastry and desserts for a number of prestigious venues including the Shard, the Tower of London and Saatchi Galleries.
I set up Eat & Mess in 2014 in response to requests for lessons, prior to which I had been teaching for other culinary schools in London, and we now offer lovely workshops in Deal, Kent in a variety of specialisms in addition to running farmers markets and a microbakery.
A taste of Eat and Mess
All our classes are taught in an informal kitchen environment with domestic ovens, allowing our students to easily practice their new recipies and continue their learning in their own kitchens. Classes are designed to be informative and practical but relaxed, and students can expect to learn and bake over a cuppa, lots of chatter and delicious goodies. I like to think it’s an almost therapeutic, yet educational experience!
Our classes vary from specialist bread baking such as Sourdough Breads and Artisan Breads, to Clean Baking and Cupcake Decorating, take a look at our classes page to see the full list of what we offer.
We look forward to welcoming you into the kitchen!