1987 – 1995
Let me tell you a bit about myself: I am a Caterham resident and apart from about 10 years working in London I have lived here all my life. I became a chef at 18 and between 1987 and 1995 I studied at East Surrey College, Croydon College and later Thames Valley University under the tutelage of the legendary Patissier Professor John Huber. From 1995 onwards, I worked extensively in London running the pastry sections at The European Bank in Exchange Square, BBC Television Centre at White City, The London Capital Club, London Business School, Linklater’s Law Firm and Bupa Head Office. I opened the pastry sections at 201 Bishopsgate & S J Berwin for Charlton House when these contracts started. In addition to these roles I worked in various pastry shops and other chef jobs including stints at Selfridges in Oxford Street in the run up to the millennium and two and a half years running the kitchens at All Souls Church in Oxford Circus.
I also ran my own business for 5 years creating hand-made chocolates which helped to put an edge on my chocolate skills. In June 1995, after passing my advanced pastry diploma at Thames Valley University, I volunteered to be a runner for the Year One pastry examinations to give something back to the University to say thank you. During the day I asked Professor John Huber for some advice as I was stepping out into my career. He said, “Never stop learning and question everything. Ask yourself: Can I do it a better way? How can I improve the taste or texture?’ Read lots of books, eat out to try and keep on top of food trends and enter competitions to sharpen up your skills.” Brilliant advice.
1995 – 2013
I took John’s advice to heart and have to date entered and won more than 50 awards at culinary competitions. I have also worked stages at the Richmont National Bakery School in Switzerland and Pierre Hermé in Paris widely regarded as the best pastry shop in the world. When John found out I had won Dessert of the Year in 2004, he beamed like a proud parent which made me very happy.
I am a passionate reader of cookbooks of all types and own a large collection of specialist pastry books which I treasure.
I am planning to publish some of my own work in the near future so watch this space! In 2013 I gained a teaching qualification which I now use to train professional chefs in London and keen amateurs of every level at the Pastry Club to enable them to make beautiful pastry items with the underpinning knowledge to be able to recreate these dishes in their own homes. All the recipes used at the club are my own personal recipes which are tried and tested. I develop new recipes all the time and constantly use them to offer new classes. It is my sincere hope that you get as much pleasure from the classes as I did when I too was a student wanting to learn to make beautiful pastry dishes.
2015 – Present Day
I decided to teach pastry classes to fulfil a personal ambition and to fill a gap left by the lack of adult education centres in the area, hence Tim’s Pastry Club Classes being set up in September 2015.
The pastry classes give me an enormous amount of pleasure as I see people learn to make dishes that they love. In running the classes, I try to pass on the joy and skill that my mentor and friend John Huber gave to me. I would love to see you at a class very soon
Please feel free to contact me with any enquiries or suggestions for the classes via the get in touch page
Best wishes Tim