Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She sure knows how to cultivate an interest in bakery...

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She knows how to bake…well.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye… she’s flippin’ great.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. She knows which side her bread is buttered.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye. Her know-how really takes the biscuit.

Cathryn Dresser, GBBO series three contestant and baker extraordinaire, takes us through series 7 with an expert eye – she knows exactly how to avoid a soggy bottom. On your marks, get set, bake!

The Great British Bake Off is back for another year this Wednesday on BBC One from 8pm. Twelve amateur bakers, including a pastor, a hairdresser, a nurse and an aerospace engineer are among those set to battle for the bake off crown.

As a race we seem to be like the humble lemming, with the attitude: ‘let’s just jump right off that cliff and, when we do, the dumb-ass behind will just go on and jump right off after us’. Why is that? I’d love to know. 

david smartYou will be leaving college/university very shortly, and I wanted to be the first to welcome you all the ‘baking business’ - the industry for which you have been studying over the last few years. It is where everything you have been taught within the classroom becomes commonplace within the trade.

In the last of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

In the second of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

The first of three instalments from Proper Cornish’s marketing director, as he travels to Shanghai on a bakery mission – to meet distributors, buyers and agencies.

The charity version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, launched last night, pitting celebrities against cake.

This is the time of year were we take stock of what we have achieved and enjoyed over the last twelve months.

With the crucial battle for Christmas sales joined in earnest, British Baker asked marketing expert Mark McCulloch, founder and chief executive of agency WE ARE Spectacular, for his opinion on this year's advertising strategies.

Gerhard’s blog: Happy Days

08 October, 2015

Teaching one of my master classes last week, I conducted a quick straw poll as to who was going to win this year’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO).

Rich, creamy and intense, chocolate is for many people the ultimate in gastronomic luxury. However, it can be a tricky beast to handle, making it a fitting challenge for the Great British Bake Off semi-final.

Featherweight sponges, airy creams and crisp pastry – it could only be Pâtisserie Week on The Great British Bake Off.

If you type The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) into Google you get a staggering 21 million hits. There can be no doubt the show is a media phenomenon. 

A whiff of the 1970s was in the air on last night’s Great British Bake-Off (GBBO) but also at the British Baker’s Baking Industry Awards (BIA) in London.

There are plenty of shop-bought shortcuts that can be taken when it comes to baking pastry – but not for the seven bakers who remain. 

With free-from foods in growth, The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants take on the challenge of baking with alternative ingredients. Gregg Woodhead, product development manager at British Bakels, passes on his words of wisdom in our Ask the Expert blog.

Hot on the heels of last week’s Great British Bake Off (GBBO) Baguette challenge came the news from Paris that it is actually very difficult to lay your hands on a genuine French baguette this summer. 

Patissier Charlotte Marrifield has catered for Her Majesty The Queen, but how would she cook for the king and queen of Bake Off Paul and Mary? We ask for her top tips for the bakers, as tonight they will tackle desserts.

This week’s biggest faux-pas on The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) was served up by none other than Mary Berry, when she accidentally gave away who was going to leave the Bake Off before the show had even aired. 

It’s bread week on the Great British Bake Off (GBBO), so who better to speak to for our #AskTheExpert blog than master baker Wayne Caddy.

Tonight the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) contestants enter the tent with a biscuity challenge on their hands - the key to winning, says The Biscuiteers, is all in the preparation.

The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is back for series six – with ‘cake’ taking centre stage on BBC1 tonight. But how can the contestants succeed? We spoke to expert Chris Ormrod of Ministry of Cake.

Martyn Leek, British Baker editor, breaks today's SACN report down in a way that bakers can take heart from its dietary recommendations. 

In this issue of British Baker we have a whole feature lined up for you with in-depth advice on what to do for Halloween - ranked number three in the biggest UK spending occasions. But how do you appeal to adults as well as children?

Did you know the word ‘éclair’ comes from the French for ‘flash of lightning’? On learning this recently I thought, yes, it does have a lightning bolt-esque look to it, but non! They are so named as they are eaten quickly – in a flash.

The dust is now starting to settle on what must surely be the worst week in Genius’ short history. 

For one brief moment, may I speak directly to the baking trade’s youth? They might be students finishing their first year or graduating after their final year. 

Blog: A day well spent..

30 April, 2015

Bolton-based Greenhalgh’s David Smart takes an eye-opening trip to the capital and comes back armed with ideas. 

Gerhard Jenne muses on Pret A Manger’s latest ‘flirt’ initiative and looks towards his own summer campaign. 

Bronya Smolen asks, how do you solve a problem like the ISB? 

The election is not far off, but Gerhard Jenne has just one piece of advice for the baking fraternity...

Gerhard Jenne illustrates how a revamped strategy paid dividends for his business this Easter. 

Taking the hands-on approach, Gerhard Jenne hits the streets to drive sales from passers-by. 

Gerhard Jenne, downed by the flu, misses the opening of his new shop, which welcomed a baker-visitor from the US. 

At British Baker, we have been inundated with news of apprenticeship uptake in the food and drink industry of late. 

Reporter Bronya Smolen considers the road ahead for supermarket retailers in the wake of this week’s headlines.

With the Caveman Diet currently popular and insects on the agenda as a future food source, Gerhard Jenne ponders on how the future of baking might look

Lesley Foottit reckons Burton’s stands a good chance in its bid to crack the US market. 

British Baker editor Martyn Leek asks whether the competitive bread market has claimed its first real casualty.

Gerhard casts serious doubt on whether Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to ditch bread for his diet is a healthy choice. 

Gerhard Jenne remembers how he started gaining attention as a well-known baker, by cleverly targeting a rather famous celebrity, who will shortly be doing her own baking star turn 

Gerhard Jenne dwells on the importance of proper marketing and learns a lesson on in-store lighting. 

The education of our youth

09 February, 2015

David Smart looks at the state of bakery education in the UK and feels that the industry is letting young people down.

Gerhard Jenne is gripped by an episode of The Fixer, where he played a cameo role, and finds it a perfect example of TV drama.

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