Hi, I'm Rachael. Professional chef and glutton.
I've been baking since I was old enough to make box mix cupcakes with my mum after school. My whole family are foodies and it is not unusual to find my parents' oven still on at midnight and the smell of freshly baked cake wafting through the house. I have continued with this obsession in my own home, constantly trying out new recipes and "forcing" my husband to eat my creations.
My professional training was at Westminster Kingsway College where I earned an Advanced Diploma in Patisserie and Confectionary. From there I worked as a Pastry Chef in the wholesale division of Balthazar's Bakery in London and then as Head Baker at an independent cafe in High Wycombe, where I still work part time.
The idea of Kitchen at 4a was conceived in mid-2017 when I decided that I wanted a more flexible work-life balance and a more personal creative outlet. The name comes from the number of the house I moved into with my husband after we got married and this house is the nerve centre of both my family and professional life.
In addition to baking I also love teaching. I run after-school clubs and holiday workshops for children. It's so important to pass along life skills to the next generation so I aim to provide a friendly, hands on environment where children can learn about food preparation, different ingredients, where food comes from and have the opportunity to try different foods. The best part for busy mums is that I get my kitchen messy so they don't have to!