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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.

What a wonderful Saturday! I cannot recommend Phil’s baking classes highly enough. Myself and a friend came along to the Italian baking class, where we were able to make a variety of breads, pizza, and some sweet treats. It was a full day activity, from 10:30 to 4:30, with lots of little breaks in between where we were able to enjoy a selection of snacks and drinks provided by Phil, when we could sit and chat with the other attendees. The atmosphere was warm, friendly and relaxed, which is not only down to Phil’s fantastic teaching, but also the small group size (maximum of 7 people to a class), and the setting for the class being in Phil’s home - it truly felt like a relaxing afternoon baking with friends! Highlights of the day for me include the pizza lunch - we’d made the dough earlier in the morning before our first snack break of homemade bread with delicious jams and curds, then topped the pizza before firing it in the oven and enjoying it fresh with a glass of wine - and the focaccia - which we were able to put our own spin on with a huge range of topics to choose from, and it certainly went down a treat back at my home! We came away from the class with plenty of new baking skills I hope to maintain, a huge selection of delicious bakes, and satisfaction from a really pleasant experience! Phil’s baking classes would make a perfect gift, but would also just be a fantastic day out if you fancied doing something a bit different! Come alone or come with friends, come with skills or as a complete novice, and either way, you’ll have a wonderful time! (Annabelle Durrad)
Phil’s baking classes would make a perfect gift, but would also just be a fantastic day out
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The One Mile Bakery – Tadcaster – 28 May 2020 10:11

Piccies from today’s bakes: organic white sourdough, strawberry, blueberry and lemon fruit crumble slice (also delivered a organic rye, white and Wholemeal loaf, strawberry jam and Tomato and veggie chorizo soup). X