Ris­ing stars of bread world keep­ing it real

Top food honour goes to Lit­tle Chal­font Bak­ery

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A LIT­TLE Chal­font bak­ery has been judged to bake the Best Real Bread in the Chilterns.

Rex Bak­ery has won the Chiltern So­ci­ety Real Bread award, be­ing judged the best in the Cen­tral Chilterns cat­e­gory as well as fin­ish­ing as over­all win­ner in a pub­lic vote.

It beat Jo’s Loaves in Lu­ton – judged to be the best in the North Chilterns – and the South Chilterns win­ner Burg­ers of Marlow.

The com­pe­ti­tion judges bread baked us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods and con­tain­ing no ar­ti­fi­cial ad­di­tives.

Glenn Stephens, owner, said he is ‘hum­bled that peo­ple take the time to come to Lit­tle Chal­font and buy my bread’.

He added: “I still find it all a lit­tle amaz­ing that I am a baker and peo­ple like what I do.

“I would like to thank those peo­ple be­cause they have given me the op­por­tu­nity to carry on with this, when maybe it might be eas­ier to just throw an­other loaf in the su­per­mar­ket trol­ley.”

Mr Stephens spent 25 years work­ing in fi­nan­cial ser­vices in Lon­don prior to be­com­ing a baker, but be­came dis­il­lu­sioned about the lack of choice in the area. He launched Rex Bak­ery from his garage in 2013, originally in­tend­ing for it to be a Satur­day morn­ing pop-up shop.

He then bought the shop in De­cem­ber 2014, the doors opened in April 2015 and he set out to pro­duce bread that was the very best it could be.

Mr Stephens said: “The job of baker is very hard, much harder than do­ing deals in the City. “You work nights, the en­vi­ron­ment is very hot and mak­ing bread is a very messy process.

“But I love the chal­lenge ev­ery­day.”

PHO­TOS: DAR­REN PEPE BA163292

Team: Head of mar­ket­ing Vicky Blane, Rex Ar­ti­san Bak­ery, Glenn Stephens, Judge Elaine Ma­son and So­ci­ety trus­tee Paul Ma­son

On the menu: Some of the de­lights on of­fer at Rex

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