Artisan Baker, cookery school teacher and community supermarket director
Tom is a baker, teacher, and real food evangelist. Late in 2009, Tom left his job as a nutritionist for the NHS to set up Loaf, a social enterprise cookery school and real bread bakery.
For nearly three years Tom ran the business from his home and garden in South Birmingham before moving it to Stirchley High Street in September 2012. Since September the business has grown exponentially and has gone from a one-man operation to employing seven members of staff.
As well as developing Loaf into a sustainable food business that promotes, teaches, and produces real food, Tom is proud to be part of a continuing grassroots food renaissance in the City. Tom helped to set up Stirchley Community Market in 2010, which along with Loaf has had national and international media attention for innovation in food and community regeneration.
Tom lives in Cotteridge, South Birmingham with his wife Jane, a vegetable garden and three chickens.
Also on the menu...
York’s Bakery Café:
If there was a challenge to walk past this bakery and not buy anything, there would be a lot of losers. York’s Bakery Café is piled high with amazing cakes, freshly baked artisan bread, delicious looking sandwiches and mouth-watering salads. It’s basically food heaven.
Owner, Simon Ford, has admitted he has a little bit of an obsession with the freshness and provenance of their ingredients…the eggs are free range, the meat is farmed by passionate farmers and the bread is freshly baked using traditional methods and is free from any artificial chemicals. Whilst most obsessions are slightly annoying, this one just makes York’s Bakery Café that little bit yummier!
And if you’re not feeling peckish then there’s an amazing alternative. Coffee. This place has relished at the task of turning coffee into an art form. They consider coffee making to be a very serious business, investing in the best artisan equipment and making sure the coffee and milk is at optimum temperature for the best flavor. Their philosophy is to make the best coffee and loose tea in city. And with that in mind, there’s only one way to find out. Give it a try!
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