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The kitchen is at the heart of our home and is the place my young family come together to eat, catch up and have fun. This replicates the experiences I was fortunate to have growing up, with memories of both of my parents cooking and baking regularly throughout my childhood. I am passionate about ensuring I give my family the same experiences and also about passing on my love of food, cooking – and especially baking – to others.

After time spent living, teaching and coaching rugby in Cambridge, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield (don’t worry I’m not on the run!) my wife Emily and our two children, Monty and Evie have now settled in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. Within ‘gods own county’ lies Tadcaster, a traditional brewing town surrounded by golden fields of wheat and barley.

I’m lucky to have access to so much inspirational produce with easy access to a number of towns and cities with a real foodie culture and a landscape which inspires me to take a simple ingredient like wheat and turn it into something nourishing and delicious. I believe in baking healthy, seasonal food with real provenance and for me, bread is the ultimate sharing food, one which is rarely eaten alone and can satisfy every sense.

My passion for the game of rugby has taken me around the world: to New Zealand to teach and coach rugby at Kings College, Auckland alongside All Black legends like Grant Fox and Frank Bunce. To South Africa to support the Lions rugby team as well as taking a school team out to play against very tough opposition at Stellenbosch, Pretoria and Durban. And then to the beautiful countries of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, again on a school rugby tour which was an unbelievable experience for all concerned. These experiences have allowed me to sample a huge variety of foods and a vast array of cooking techniques and methods.

Two little sayings which I often applied to my teaching and rugby coaching also guide my baking: less is more (it’s amazing what can achieved with quality flour, Yorkshire water and salt) and good things come to those who wait (as time adds flavour in many breads).

I love welcoming friends and family into my kitchen to bake alongside me, sharing my knowledge and experiences of bread, cakes and other sensational bakes. To put it simply: I love baking, discussing recipes and producing generous amounts of food for anyone willing to sample it. From teaching to baking and delivering within my Tadcaster mile, and then back to teaching through bakery classes, it seems my professional life has now become entwined with my passion and hobby. This really is a dream come true.

Absolutely superb – we love receiving deliveries from One Mile Bakery Tadcaster and our neighbours and friends are very jealous of the gorgeous breads, soups, cakes and jams we get. It really does save us time and we look forward to not having to cook in the evening of the deliveries. If only OMB could deliver every evening!
Chris and Alison Young – Tadcaster
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Cauliflower Cheese Soup Recipe

These winter days call for hearty, warming soups and I wanted to share a recipe for one of our favourites at the OMB Tadcaster family table. This is a rich and creamy cauliflower cheese soup to enjoy with crusty bread – perfect after a weekend walk. Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes Ingredients: 
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Foodie Trends for 2020

It may seem worlds away but every magazine (well not Angling Monthly perhaps?) has article after article about what foods we should be eating in 2020. It’s easy to dismiss such articles as media hype, a flash in the pan or not being relevant to me. But should we paying attention? So as a baker
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Great to meet the amazing team at @YorkshireAles today. So pleased to begin to forge a partnership with the guys. I…
Saturday 25th January
Great baking class today with a lovely group of foodies and breadaholics. Lots of tips and techniques and stories s…
Friday 24th January
Real Bread Week is fast approaching folks. Open house planned - watch this space for further details.
Thursday 23rd January

The One Mile Bakery – Tadcaster – 24 January 2020 17:02

A massive pleasure to welcome Ben from @yorkonafork to a baking class today. Awesome baking and great to meet so many passionate foodies.