Born and raised in a little beach side town of New Zealand, I was raised with a lot of family around. My Mum came from a family of 6 and we all lived closed by. My Mum, my Nana and both my Aunties (one who was a chef and worked along side a famous New Zealand Chef before opening up her own restaurant in Auckland) were amazing cooks and bakers, making everything from scratch, I had a lot of greatly talented women in my life to look up to.
I did the City n Guilds cookery course when I was 20 before finding my passion and love for baking. I started off in my Mum’s kitchen baking birthday cakes for friends and family as well as working in cafes, doing all their baking for their cabinet daily. Once I turned 21 a friend of mine talked me into venturing out of our small home town and moving to London (which to this day was the best decision of my life and I will always have her to thank). Once I got to London I struggled to find a baking job which I loved (also with sociable hours as I was young and had just moved over), so I ended up putting my baking career on hold and went back into basic hospitality work as a General Manager. My first gig was opening up the Greenwich Peyton and Byrne store for Oliver Peyton, which was an amazing experience and I learnt a lot. But eventually I meet my Husband (who unfortunately is a South African so rugby games are tense in our house hold) who also owns his own business and he helped me start my own.
March 2018 George Bakes started!