Award Winning Artisan Bakery
John and Helen met in the kitchens at Buckingham Palace in December 2003, when Helen joined John and became part of the team of Royal Chefs, cooking for the Queen and the Royal family. Prior to this, Helen had worked under Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay at the prestigious Savoy Grill as a Patisserie Chef.
Several years later, whilst John was gaining experience at the French Laundry restaurant in California, Helen was running the kitchens at a private house in West London. Upon returning to the UK, John accepted a job at Michel Roux’s, The Waterside Inn, Bray as a Chef, where he stayed for over a year before joining Helen, this time to teach at Gordon Ramsays cookery school, Tante Marie in Surrey.
Whilst teaching, John discovered his passion for bread……..
2010, the Island Bakers was born!
For the first year John and Helen rented the kitchen during the nights, from the Bembridge Bakery. The demand for their bread and doughnuts quickly grew and so did their need for more space to bake. In 2012 they were able to move to and equip a much larger premises with the help of a grant from Natural Enterprise.
John, Helen, and their team, now produce and distribute a huge range of delicious artisan breads and baked goods across the Isle of Wight.
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