The Crumbs Finalists Q&A series – Step and Stone
The prestigious Crumbs Awards 2019 are nearly upon us! These awards celebrate the very best in food and hospitality in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas.
Gregg Latchams is the official sponsor of the Food Producer of the year category, in which so many unique businesses that help make the South West food industry thrive are nominated.
The Crumbs Awards is brought to life by the Crumbs Magazine, a publication committed to raising awareness of the region’s buzzing food and drink culture. In the run up to the awards, we will be sitting down with the finalists of our sponsored category to find out a little more about them.
This week we sat down with Step and Stone.
When did you start your business?
We started Step and Stone in October 2016, just us working with 4 trainee bakers with learning disabilities. We took months to perfect our recipes and techniques and to develop our branding. We now have around 40 bakers, working together with five part time staff, and an army of fabulous volunteers, as well as Jane and myself!
What does this award mean to you?
Being a finalist in the Crumbs Awards is wonderful recognition for our product, and, even more so, for the skills of our bakers. We work with young people with learning disabilities to provide training in baking and employment skills and help them into paid employment. We are a bridge between education and employment for our trainees, and we aim to change public perceptions about just how capable our young people are.
We use the finest ingredients, including Shipton Mill organic untreated flour and Fussells extra virgin rapeseed oil, to make our delicious lavosh, which are slim savoury crackers, perfect with cheese, dips or pates, or simply alongside a glass of something cool and refreshing.
Being a finalist in the Crumbs Awards 2019 is a massive boost for us; it shows just what a great product our bakers can produce.
Have you been part of the Crumbs Awards before?
This is the first time we have entered the Crumbs Awards, and we are over the moon to be a finalist in two categories, Food Producer and Initiative!
What is a general day like at Step and Stone?
A general day at Step and Stone starts at 9.30am for our young bakers. The first job is to make batches of dough, which get rested in the fridge, weighed, shaped and rolled. Some of our lavosh varieties are finished with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt flakes, that’s a tricky job!
After baking the lavosh are counted into packets, weighed and boxed. There’s always a great positive friendly atmosphere, plenty of banter alongside the serious work, and we all look forward to Josh’s famous jokes on a Friday.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I have loads of favourite things about my job. I love seeing the finished boxes of lavosh looking beautiful and ready to go out. The interaction with customers is great, both our retail and direct consumers at markets and food fairs. Most of all though, I love seeing the confidence and skills of our young bakers develop over their time with us.
To see the full list of finalists please visit the Crumbs Awards website.
We would like to extend our congratulations to all the finalists, not only in our sponsored category but all the others too. Good luck!