We find out more about how Mich Turner MBE started baking and why she loves the Kenwood brand.
Having been baking since I was 4 years old when I used to watch Delia Smith on Saturday Morning Swap Shop, I would stand on a chair in my Mother’s kitchen making pastry and cutting out shapes. Even at that early age I would pretend I was describing what I was doing to my imaginary audience!
It was when it came to choosing my O Levels I decided to take Home Economics in addition to all the sciences as a preferred choice because I loved cooking, baking and at the same time wanted to understand the nutritional, physical, microbiological and chemical process of food.
I entered and won my first cookery competition at the age of 15 and then went on to study Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics at A Level with a view to go on to study Food Science and Nutrition at University.
It was whilst I was studying my A Levels, My Home Economics teacher asked me if I would like to make her wedding cake. I enrolled on a 4 day course with Mary Ford to learn the basics of Top Ornaments, Frills and Flowers and so the passion, skill and creativity was born.
I invested in my very first Kenwood at this time and used it for every cake, filling and frosting I made and baked. This was quite a grown up investment for a 17 year old, but felt it was hugely important to invest in the key tools to be a professional.
I took my Kenwood with me to university and quickly became known as the go-to for baking on campus! I’d make fruit cake with dried fruits, figs, apricots and dates and bake it with a layer of marzipan in the centre of the cake. It was a staple of the 2nd year undergraduates at Surrey University!
I was sponsored during my 4 years at University by United Biscuits and spent my 3rd year in industry stationed at McVitie’s in Harlesden overseeing 750,000 Christmas Cakes for Marks and Spencer as well as Jaffa Cake and Biscuit.
After I graduated I worked as a Buyer at Harvey Nichols for Bakery and Patisserie. It was in 1999 that I left Harvey Nichols to set up Little Venice Cake Company officially. Since this time the company has baked over 10,000 bespoke cakes and it is so important to have the right tools for the job to ensure you get the very best out of each and every recipe.
I’ve made cakes for many celebrities and international royalty and was awarded an MBE in 2010 for my services to the Catering Industry.
My style is always involving – in my new book “Have Your Cake and Eat It” I feature Delicious and Nutritious recipes for healthier everyday baking. The most essential element to have is patience to maximise every stage of the preparation before baking, filling or frosting a cake. This is where the brand new Kmix comes in to its own – it’s sleek, powerful, easy to clean, versatile and robust to deal with the rigours of baking in my kitchen.
Don’t forget to tune in Saturday 18th March at 9pm to see me with the wonderful Kenwood kMix and my book “Have Your Cake and Eat It”.
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