Andrew Whitley has 'changed the way we think about bread' (BBC Food & Farming award judges). A baker for over 30 years, his company 'Bread Matters' runs the most authoritative bread-making courses in the UK - popular with enthusiastic amateurs and professional cooks alike.
Originally a producer with the BBC Russian Service, Andrew left in 1976 to found the Village Bakery Melmerby in the north of England. Over the next two decades it became one of Britain's leading organic bakeries. He left in 2002 to do a Masters in Food Policy and write a book, Bread Matters (Fourth Estate 2006). This became a bestseller and won the André Simon 2006 Food Award.
In 2008, Andrew co-founded the Real Bread Campaign which aims to bring good bread to every neighbourhood in the UK.