This is the first in what we hope will be a series of interviews in which we ask 8 questions of the hosts of the great venues serving glorious food in which we’ll be screening great films around Bristol.
We met up with Georgina Turner, owner of the Stock Exchange Bakery, which opened in October last year.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself!
I grew up on a farm in Herefordshire where we grew and raised everything that was put on the table. It was an idyllic childhood and I learnt so much about seasonal and fresh produce. My heritage is farming and the family has been milling since 1801. The Mill used horse and wagons to deliver the bread and cake for over 100 years.
2. What inspired you to open the bakery?
The bakery was no great master plan! After freezing at the farmers markets for two years and growing out of my home kitchen I had to look for a much larger premises. The Stock Exchange Building became available and it was the perfect venue to open a bakery/cafe. We are now in the process of setting up a second Stock Exchange in Bristol…very exciting times!
3. What is your earliest memory of baking?
My earliest memory of baking was standing on a stool in the kitchen so that I could reach the working tops. I used to get an office lamp, weigh everything out into little dishes and pretend I was Delia Smith. I usually made scones as living on a dairy farm there was plenty of cream available.
4. The Stock Exchange Bakery is a bit of a success story. What would you say the challenges are to running a successful bakery and café?
Crikey! Thank you. There are many challenges when opening any new business. You can plan ahead as much as you want but guaranteed there are plenty more issues you never even thought about. Getting the right team together is probably one of the most difficult but most rewarding aspects to this business. I feel very fortunate to have found some really enthusiastic, talented people who love what they do.
5. And what are the real pleasures?
The real pleasures are hearing the great feedback. Especially when you have been up half the night. Again, working in an environment with such brilliant people who love what they do gives me a huge amount of satisfaction.
6. What is your favourite thing that you sell?
This has to be the item I eat the most, unfortunately for my waist line it isn’t the healthiest option….it’s got to be the cinnamon buns!
7. If you weren’t running a bakery and café, what do you think you would have ended up doing?
I wanted to be a pathologist when I was younger (strange child)! I would have liked to think I would be doing something creative and maybe would be a potter or artist.
8. And finally, what is your favourite film about food?
Ratatouille…It’s just brilliant and my two children love it too.
Our screening of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is at the Stock Exchange Bakery on Friday 24 April, at 8.00pm, and the Bakery will be making fresh strudel and cream to serve with the film. Tickets are just £10 including food and drink.
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