Professional Bakery Development

  • Time

    9:30  Arrival, registration and refreshments
    10:00  Course starts
    13:00 - 14:00  Lunch
    17:00  Course finishes

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Tutor

    Kevan Roberts

Join The School of Artisan Food's Head of Baking, Kevan Roberts, on our new  Professional Bakery Product Development course. During this week-long course, you will delve into the world of product development.

Kevan has been working in the bread industry for over thirty years, from Yorkshire to Belgravia with time working as a baker in France along the way. Kevan has shared his skills, passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm in a number of teaching roles, including teaching practical courses at Bread Ahead Bakery in Borough Market, London before going on to teach as a Bread Science Lecturer at the National Bakery School at London South Bank University.


This course has been developed for existing bakers, chefs, business start-ups and advanced home bakers looking to expand their bread baking repertoire, delving into the world of new product development (NPD). The course will be split into 4 distinct sections: Bread Trends, Natural and artisan dough conditioners and improvers, Flavour profiling/pairing and the visual aesthetic of new products and NPD creations. 


Part 1 - Bread trends

Explore practical elements based on current trends within the bakery world. Looking at the importance of educating customers and sustainability USP.

Practical elements that will be covered will include:

  • Sourdough
  • Alternative flours
  • Sprouting grains
  • Ancient grains


Part 2 - Dough conditioners and improvers

Explore dough conditioners and natural improvers, looking at the various ingredients used by industrial bakeries and offer natural alternatives. Exploring shelf-life extenders, such as:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vinegar
  • Potato flakes
  • Preferments
  • Fermentation


Part 3 - Flavour profiling/pairing and visuals.

As we all know, bread in its purest form is the star attraction and requires very little from a supporting cast, but inclusions can add an interesting dimension to the eating experience.

We will focus on Inclusions and how they can make a definite impact on the visual appeal and flavour of a bread product, get this combination correct and you can develop a unique USP for your brand, keep your product range fresh, add a seasonal element of interest and tailor demographic specific products!

Pairing combination flavours is the key to developing a new and exciting range of products.

Part 3 will be testing bake sessions that will explore flavour profiling and visuals, going into ideal percentages of inclusions and natural colouring.


Part 4 - NPD creations

The culmination of the course will pull together everything you have learnt over the week. You will be given a recipe with inclusions, with no method or product description and be given the task of making multiple products for each recipe. All you have learnt throughout the course will come to life in the form of new products.

The end of the session will be tasting testing and technical evaluation discussion, of what worked and what didn’t work.

The course takes place in the School’s bakery training facility, using professional equipment, with all bread baked in professional stone-based deck ovens. All breads produced on the course are available to take home, along with recipes and technical notes.

The School of Artisan Food is nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest on The Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, just a few minutes from the A1 and M1.

The School of Artisan Food makes a conscious effort to reduce waste and packaging. Students are encouraged to bring their own containers to transport their food home.

Refreshments will be available throughout each day, as well as lunch prepared by our catering team. All ingredients, equipment, and recipes will be provided.



Our £1645.00 price includes student-style shared, self-catered accommodation is available on the historic Welbeck Estate. The lodges sleep 2 – 3 people and rooms will be allocated on a first come first served basis at booking. All within a short walking distance from The School of Artisan Food.

All bedding is provided, and a welcome will be available on arrival.

The process is simple, just book your place with accommodation and then email for further details and confirmation.

Alternatively, Welbeck Estate has a range of holiday lets a short distance from the School and there are several local B&Bs and hotels. Please refer to the Where to stay section on our website for more information.

With Accommodation - £1645.00

Without Accommodation - £1295.00

Check-in is available between 2 pm and 6 pm on the Sunday before your course starts. Please depart from the property before 11 am on the Saturday after your course ends.