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Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards

Bright young things. The recent BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards revealed a healthy appetite for food production among the younger generation, reports Sheila Dillon. The most striking thing about the Radio Four Food & Farming Awards (the 11th I’ve Judged) was how many young people were nominated–particularly bakers. Craft baking, not to mention [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Media|0 Comments

Local Hero

Six nights a week, Alex Gooch leaves his warm bed at midnight and drives down a stony farm track through silent, high-sided lanes to an industrial estate on the edge of Hay-on-Wye. At this time of year, the Welsh Border town is abuzz as 80,000 people descend for its literary festival, yet this corner of [...]

By | March 19th, 2012|Media|0 Comments

Rise and Shine

Helena Attlee got up early to find out how Alex Gooch makes his delicious organic bread – the long, slow, traditional way. Dawn hasn’t broken over Hay-on-Wye, but Alex Gooch has already been at work since midnight. By the time we arrive at 6.30am the air inside the industrial unit is hot and full of [...]

By | March 19th, 2012|Media|0 Comments

Jane Wheatley

The room was deliciously warm and scented from the morning's baking and beery aroma of the rye. Well, you just can’t predict the things that will press people’s buttons. I have been roundly ticked off by several readers for remarking a few weeks ago that I couldn’t understand why people bothered with bread making machines [...]

By | March 19th, 2012|Media|0 Comments