The Wild Goose Bakery was conceived out of a shared passion for food and a belief in its ability to build communities…
Vernon was born in South Africa, but has been a Leytonstonian for his eleven years in London, he has had a glittering and diverse career as a chef. His experience ranges from a field kitchen where the passers by included lions and elephants, training to be a chocolatier, and then onto the heart of Mayfair in London. Vernon was part of the team who won the prestigious ‘Best Afternoon Tea in England’ award at Browns Hotel, and worked for several years for acclaimed chef Mark Hix. Vernon’s father instilled in him, a great sense of social responsibility, and his Grandmother was the source of inspiration for his passion for baking.
Scottish-born Kirstin has been part of Leytonstone for the past nine years and is excited to be putting down roots in the community, after welcoming their daughter Ruth during Christmas 2014 closely followed by the birth of another daughter Iona during Easter 2016. Her career is similarly impressive, after graduating from one of London’s leading cookery schools, she worked in a number of establishments offering five-star food and beverages. Kirstin completed undergraduate studies in theology prior to becoming a chef, and is about to embark on further study in the world of nutrition.
Vernon and Kirstin met in London and have been planning their dream of “the wild goose bakery” from their very first date. To add to the romance they decided to open their dream come true on the 19th September 2014, which also happened to be their 4th wedding anniversary.
Despite being surrounded by food in their professional life both have experienced food poverty along with great sadness in their personal life together, this is the driving force behind the couples planned programme for charitable contributions and offering more than just great hospitality to the community.
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