Simon Pomeroy brings over a decade of experience to the Ponds where he and his wife Amy have just opened their first bakery.

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AS A BAKER?
My baking career began 11 years ago when I started my apprenticeship at Bakers Delight. I then moved into various roles in technical and training, product development, sales and promotions, before deciding to open my own bakery.

making bagels

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A BAKER?
I really just stumbled across becoming a Baker. I had previously studied hospitality and had a general interest in food, so baking was an ideal move as it is a very hands on and creative profession.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The best moment in the bakery is very early in the morning when all is quiet. You can hear the crackling and popping of the crust when the sourdough and pane has just come out of the oven.

sourdough

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT IN THE KITCHEN?
Forgetting to put yeast in a batch of dough is every Baker’s nightmare

WHAT FOOD/INGREDIENT DO YOU MOST LIKE TO WORK WITH & WHY?
Definitely the sourdough Levain, the characteristics and the way it changes with the climate and/or conditions – it’s like having another pet.

SilverLeaf Artisan Bakery Homemade Sweets

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING IN YOUR STORE RIGHT NOW AND WHY?
Turkish rolls, they are the best for creating the ultimate sandwich.

WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL FOOD OBSESSION?
A vegemite scroll straight from the oven is a morning ritual.

WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR OTHERS WANTING TO BECOME BAKERS?
Stick with it. The most important thing is to work hard and finish your studies and apprenticeship – then new doors will open. A lot of people don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s there if you work towards it.

Wholemeal chia bread, pumpkin bread

WHAT FOOD TRENDS ARE YOU SEEING IN WESTERN SYDNEY?
Western Sydney is demanding more healthy food, and products that cater for specific diets – for example, gluten free.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN NOT IN THE KITCHEN?
Watching movies, playing soccer and sleeping.

Simon and Amy Pomeroy