Come Dine With You?

Just received this email from ITV – any Birmingham blokes fancy applying for come dine with me?

Channel 4’s television show ‘Come Dine with Me’ is coming to film episodes in Birmingham this September!  We are looking for fun people from all walks of life; so if you are over 18, based in Birmingham and think you are a dab hand in the kitchen get in touch ASAP!!

Casting closes  very soon so the sooner you get in touch the greater your chance of getting on the show!!

We’d love to hear from everyone, but are particularly keen to hear from men so do feel free to forward information on to any gentlemen you think might be interested in taking part!

Get in touch via email or phone stating where you’re from and please provide a contact number so that one of the team can get in touch for a chat!

0207 157 4655


The Come Dine With Me Team

BBC WM visit Loaf

BBC WMLast night we had the pleasure of hosting a live broadcast by BBC WM during their Drive Time show with Paul Franks. Franksy sent roving reporter Jennie Jones down to Loaf HQ (i.e. Tom’s gaf), to see what Tom’s getting up to, to bake some Ciabatta’s, and pop open some elderflower champagne. Tom featured on the show at 6.15pm and again at 6.45 pm – you can listen again in the next 6 days if you visit the Paul Franks Show on the BBC iPlayer – skip to 2:16 and then 2:44.

Loaf in the Guardian!

loaf stallLoaf had the privilege in helping launch and take part in Birmingham’s newest market last week at Stirchley Community Market. The market was a huge success with hundreds of people coming down to check out what was happening and support the fantastic stall holders that were there. Loaf took down 36 loaves of bread which sold out in the first half an hour, but fortunately we were also making wood-fired pizza’s which we sold out of a bit nearer to the end (though I promise we’ll make more next time!!). The place was teeming with journalists too, and the market has had lots of coverage this week, with the Birmingham Press featuring us last Friday, the Birmingham Post today, and the Birmingham Mail tomorrow. Amazingly the first market also made the national newspapers, with freelance journalist Chris Arnot writing a feature in Wednesday 4th August’s Guardian Society. You can read the full article by clicking here. There’ll be more to come hopefully, with a potential feature on BBC WM early next week – we’ll keep you posted!

Loaf featured in Hotline Magazine

I’m fortunate enough to be featured in this months Hotline Magazine, which can be found onboard Virgin Trains during the month of May. Check us out on p.23 next time you catch the train, or click to enlarge the image below. Thanks to the delightful Rosie Birkett for the nice write-up! T.

hotline may 23

Loaf wins an award!

tom + sourdough
Photo by Jane Baker /

Well, I had the honour today of making the winners list for the inaugural MAD’s (McComb Awards for Dining) brummie food awards in the Birmingham Post. Amazingly, I shared a page with such brummie foodie greats as Glynn Purnell, Luke Tipping, and Richard Turner. Not only that, but I seemingly had a whole category named after me, winning the ‘best outdoor-cooked eggs and muffin’ category. You can see the whole article by clicking here or see below for the full text of the mention:

Tom Baker, Cotteridge

Food evangelist, founder member of Birmingham-based LOAF social enterprise and self-taught cook, Tom Baker combines a democratic, culinary zeal with down-to-earth rustic cooking. Yes, like his surname, he is a baker – and an outstanding one at that. One of my food highlights was sharing freshly cooked muffins with the man, topped with fried eggs, all cooked in his adobe-style wood-fired earth oven. Dining alfresco in Cotteridge has never been so good.

Well that just about tops off a fantastic 2009 for me and I hope I can retain the tile in 2010! Tom.

Loaf hits the headlines – part 2

bham mailWe’ve been featured in the local papers again, this time in the Birmingham Mail. We were on the front page of the Mail’s Food and Drink section on Thursday 29th October, with another half-page inside that section. It’s all good stuff, and the earth oven features a bit more prominently in the print version, and there’s a bigger photo on the online version too – you can read all about it here.