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Monday, February 4, 2013
A Norfolk doctor well known for his especially sweet tooth is opening up his first patisserie shop in Norwich.
Dr Tim Kinnaird, who reached the finals of the BBC show MasterChef in 2010 and left his medical career to follow his culinary dreams, will be opening his first shop selling his macarons, cakes and treats in the city’s Royal Arcade later this month.
It is the latest landmark in his growing Macarons and More business.
“I just cannot wait to get the shop open. I am terribly excited and somewhat overwhelmed,” said 40-year-old Tim, who will be running the shop with Hannah Doncaster from Norwich-based Honeysuckle Cakes.
“It is another little bit of the dream falling into place.
“Whenever anybody had ever asked about opening a shop, I had always said somewhere in the Royal Arcade would be nice, but I never thought it was more than a dream. When this became available, I just thought it was so perfect.”
The Macarons and More shop will be in the unit opposite the Jamie Oliver restaurant which used to house the clothes shop Poppy Valentine. “The shop is going to be modern, but with references to the Art Nouveau style of the Royal Arcade as well,” Tim said.
“We hope people will find it pleasant, fun and delightful when they visit.
“We will be selling about 20 flavours of macarons, our best-selling cakes from the farmers markets over the past couple of years, some lovely individual gateaux, layered cakes, eclairs and tarts, as well as some of the traditional cakes, brownies and meringues.”
Tim started developing his Macarons and More business from his kitchen at his Shipdham home before moving to a unit in Watton where he currently makes most of his cakes.
He has become a regular at Norfolk farmers markets over the past couple of years and has also developed a successful online side of the business.
As well as his new shop, Tim is also hoping to develop the commission side of the business in wedding and celebration cakes, alongside branching out into writing books.
Tim said Macarons and More’s cakes, macarons and treats will continue to be made in the kitchen unit in Watton and some of the cakes will be finished in the Norwich shop.
Macarons and More will be opening in the Royal Arcade in Norwich later this month at a date still to be decided.
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