Rising stars of bread world keeping it real
Top food honour goes to Little Chalfont Bakery
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.”
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