Ravi uses his loaf to create new Reydon bakehouse
A YOUNG baker is spreading the gospel of traditionally-baked bread by opening a new bakehouse.
Ravi Muniandy has turned a favourite hobby into a new business venture by establishing The Breadwinner bakery off Mount Pleasant Road, Reydon.
The 25-year-old set up the bakery in his parents' back garden where he now makes more than a dozen varieties of artisan breads.
And his dedication to natural ingredients has seen him become one of 50 bakers to use the Real Loaf Mark – a stamp guaranteeing products contain no processing agents or artificial additives.
Ravi, who opened his bakehouse last month, said: 'It is a brave move to open a bakery in the current climate, but the whole point of doing it is to provide good bread in the local area.
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'I have always been interested in cooking and have done a lot of home baking, but it was my uncle, John Gale, who said I should do it for a living.
'From practising and reading up about it I have got to where I am now – it has been a real learning curve.'
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Ravi joined the Real Bread Campaign this year to champion buying freshly-made, locally-produced bread rather than picking up a cheap, mass-produced loaf from a supermarket.
He claims a hand-crafted loaf is tastier, healthier and better for the environment, as all his produce is delivered by bike or on foot.
Speaking about his hopes for the future, Ravi said: 'I have got to see how it goes. I want to try and get my produce into more local shops and hopefully some pubs as well.
'But we want to keep it local – I don't want my bread going to places that are not linked to the local area.'
At present, Ravi sells his bread at Southwold's Country Market on a Friday, and in six local shops including Barbrooks Stores, Reydon; Blythburgh Newsagents and Stores; Nourish Farm Shop at Henstead Arts and Crafts Centre; Hungate health shop, Beccles; Wangford Village Stores and Wrentham Stores.
In recent weeks, he has held a number of taster sessions in Henstead, Wrentham and Wangford to introduce people to his product, with more planned in June.
? For more information about The Breadwinner contact email@example.com or call 01502 724222. Or to find out more about the Real Bread Campaign visit www.realbreadcampaign.org.uk.