Bread Ahead was founded in 2013.

Matthew started his working life as a chef. His first 15 years were spent working alongside some of the best chefs in the UK throughout the 90s. In 2000 he set up his first bakery business. Based in the renowned Borough Market, Bread Ahead has become a destination for Londoners and food fanatics across the globe.

The Bakery School opened in February 2014 and is designed to show the public just how easy baking good bread can be.

Since then, Bread Ahead has grown – the school at Borough has expanded and Matthew has since opened further bakeries and schools in Pavilion Road, Chelsea, Wembley and a café bakery in Beak Street, Soho.

The Bread Ahead Baking School is home to ever popular baking workshops including Doughnuts, Great British Baking, Nordic and Gluten-free to name a few. Led by Bread Ahead’s masterful bakery school tutors, they offer an insight into proper artisan baking. Gift vouchers are available to buy for the half and full day workshops all year round.

In August 2017, Bread Ahead published its first ever cookbook, Baking School: The Bread Ahead Cookbook.

Meet the team

Matthew Jones


Matthew Jones has two simple intentions: to bring delicious and nutritious breads to people who love good food, and to give people the skills to create bakery magic at home.

With his roots set firmly in the food and restaurant industry, Matthew is the man who brought Bread Ahead to Borough Market.

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Manuel Monade

Bakery School Teacher

Born and raised in France, Manuel moved to London in the late ’80s and has spent the last three decades working for various restaurants and bakeries including St John and Flour Power City.

Before becoming a baker, Manuel loved experimenting with bread at home, so it’s a particular joy to share his knowledge with other home bakers who have the same fascination.

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Catherine Sloman

Bakery School Teacher

Catherine is a cookery and bakery teacher, having trained at various cookery schools, including Leith’s Cookery School and the Cordon Bleu Cookery School.

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Kyle Cowles

Bakery School Teacher

Kyle is a pastry chef and baker with over 10 years experience in the industry. He is a passionate teacher that enjoys passing on his industry knowledge to bakers of all skill level.

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