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Matt Townley grew up in North Wiltshire and hails from a big farming family of passionate home cooks. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Hale, continuing the tradition of food being at the centre of family life.

“After meeting my wife, Suze, we settled down in her hometown of Manchester. We have a six year old daughter Olivia and we moved to Hale, in the south of Greater Manchester, two years ago. In my spare time, I play rugby for my local team, Bowdon RUFC, spend time with my family, I work on my allotment and love to read, brew my own beers and cook for my family and friends.

Put simply, I love food and I love to cook. I have cooked pretty much every meal from scratch for the last ten years (but I won’t go into much detail about my diet of Pot Noodles and beans whilst at university). I am always looking for healthy, tasty meals that Suze and Olivia can enjoy. I love discovering foods from a particular region (at the moment I’m into the Near and Middle East) and I can turn my hand to most things.

I find cooking my favourite way to relax, and for me there is nothing better than serving something up for friends and family. I love taking my daughter to our allotment, and watching her enjoy how vegetables grow ready for the table. I find myself most at peace when I am cooking and preparing food; I love looking after people and enjoy hosting events.

I am an active dad and love watching my daughter grow, and have an incredible (and very hard-working) wife. I set up One Mile Bakery specifically for hard working people who would enjoy having a home-made meal delivered to their door once a week. The baking classes are a really fun, inspirational day away from the stresses of busy lives, and I unite some of my passions in classes unique to OMB Hale – check out my incredibly popular Bread & Beer class.

"ONE MILE BAKERY HALE – BEST THING SINCE SLICED…WELL, YOU KNOW." I’ve done a cookery class only once before. We all awkwardly stood round in a steel compound (industrial kitchen), nobody speaking, everybody giving each other’s pizza topping choices side-eye, followed by the most awkward lunch in living history as 20 of us ate our ‘masterpieces’ in silence. The One Mile Bakery class I attended felt less lesson and more ‘get together and lunch with friends’. The classes are held at the also very lovely home of Matt Townley, and right from the off I was made to feel less student, more friend invited over for lunch and a spot of baking. Matt has a very natural ease about him, supporting and encouraging his company that all are bakers in the making and it’s all about following your instincts. I also wish to point out that if you’re lucky enough to get on Matt’s delivery route, all packaging is 100% plastic free – delivery bags, soup containers and garnish pots are not only totally recyclable but 100% compostable too.
Laura Hudspeth
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