After a career in health and social care spanning 28 years, primarily supporting people with mental ill health, Ian took the plunge in 2013 and re-trained as a real bread baker.
The seeds of this radical life change were sown growing up, in a family where his mum made all the families bread. Ian dabbled over the years making his own with mixed results and then a visit to a real bread bakery in Lyme Regis and a one day bread making course, really got him thinking.
Fast forward a few years and Ian bought his wife a patisserie course at The School of Artisan Food. She loved the place, casually mentioned that there was a one year course in bread making and said “why don’t you do it?”.
A few months later and Ian was starting the Advanced Diploma at The School of Artisan Food.
At the end of an amazing year on the course, Ian had plans ready to go and within 3 months, Knead Good Bread Artisan Bakery was born.
Knead Good Bread is now established and producing real bread for direct sale to customers from “The Bread Bus” as well as supplying a small number of select wholesale customers. Ian has also spread the word, running short courses at his bakery and teaching people with mental health problems and learning disabilities, the joys of creating bread.