Bread Ahead was founded by Matthew Jones in 2013, who has been in the business and making bread for over 25 years. His mission is to bring quality baking to the masses.

Bread Ahead opened its doors in September 2013 supplying fresh produce daily to Borough Market customers and a range of local restaurants and delis. 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 a second bakery and school in Pavilion Road, Chelsea and a brand new bakery and café 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.


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Meet the team

Matthew Jones - Bread Ahead

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 Tutor

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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Kevan Roberts

Bakery School Tutor

Yorkshire born, Master Baker, Kevan Roberts has a wealth of baking experience and knowledge, spanning across 3 decades. During the early part of his baking journey he spent a year in France before going on to open Time Bakery and The Yorkshire School of Baking. He also spent some of his career working on new product development for the likes of Marks & Spencer's and Waitrose.
Kevan loves to inject a high element of passion and fun into his workshops, he will definitely share his enthusiasm and love for all things baked with you!

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Hilary Cacchio

Hilary Cacchio

Bakery School Tutor

Hilary is one of our sourdough experts at Bread Ahead. She attended culinary school in Edinburgh and at the Culinary Institute of America, and spent over 16 years as a private chef for clients in the UK, the USA, Spain, France and Italy. Hilary writes a column for True Loaf magazine as their Itinerant Baker & Chef.

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Utako Tanner

Artisan baker & Japanese baking/Japanese cookery teacher

Utako moved to London from Japan back in 2002, after leaving a successful career in finance she started to follow her dream of becoming an artisan baker. She started her own business baking Japanese bakes for individuals and businesses across London. Word spread of her expertise and in 2006 she embarked in a career as a bakery/cookery teacher.
Utako now teaches full time at the Bread Ahead Bakery School