Sour dough hits the sweet spot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By DENISE S. CAHILL

THE Rot­tnest Is­land Bak­ery has in­tro­duced its own sour dough as part of changes to the shop that for­mer Cottes­loe restau­ra­teur Kim Gam­ble took over last year.

Mr Gam­ble man­ages the bak­ery for owner Greg Brindle and spent six months re­brand­ing and trans­form­ing it in to “the tra­di­tional bak­ery it used to be”.

The for­mer owner of Cottes­loe’s Blue Duck and Barchetta has vivid mem­o­ries of the bak­ery’s early days.

“I worked here as a child; Frank Thor­son was the baker in the ’70s and ’80s,” Mr Gam­ble said.

“I tried to buy the (Rot­tnest Is­land) bak­ery last year as part of a group but that fell over.

“Then Greg brought it and knew I was keen to be in­volved.”

The Mos­man Park ratepayer, who lives on the is­land, trav­elled to Italy and France com­pil­ing ideas on recre­at­ing the orig­i­nal bak­ery feel­ing on Rot­tnest Is­land.

Awnings, a rus­tic in­te­rior and scratch dough are just some of the con­cepts Mr Gam­ble has in­tro­duced, along with French pas­try chefs and a baker from Sin­ga­pore.

He said it was im­por­tant for the bak­ery to be part of the is­land cul­ture. “There’s noth­ing bet­ter than talk­ing to a tourist and help­ing them,” Mr Gam­ble said.

Last month, the State Gov­ern­ment re­leased the Rot­tnest Is­land Man­age­ment Plan 2014-2019 that in­cludes a 20-year Master Plan.

The Gov­ern­ment re­ceived 177 sub­mis­sions dur­ing the twom­onth pub­lic com­ment pe­riod with most rais­ing con­cerns about too much pri­vate en­ter­prise on the is­land and at­tract­ing too many in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, which make up about 12 per cent of users, over lo­cals.

One aim of the plan is to im­ple­ment strate­gies that will at­tract more vis­i­tors dur­ing off peak pe­ri­ods when num­bers can drop by up to half.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d428226

Rot­tnest Is­land Bak­ery man­ager Kim Gam­ble is seek­ing to re­store the ‘tra­di­tional bak­ery feel­ing’ to the iconic shop.

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