Holbeach man Matthew bakes up a new business
Matthew Hayne’s love for cooking began when his grandmother taught him how to bake – and now he’s turned his passion into a business by setting up his own bakery.
The 24-year-old, from Holbeach, knew from an early age he wanted to work with food and is delighted with how quickly his venture - Haynes Cakery – has taken off since its launch in September.
“I thought that after university I’d try and do something myself,” said Matthew. “I live with my parents and I’ve converted my mum’s study into a studio.
“I’m mainly making celebration and novelty cakes at the moment and am already taking bookings into March and April. It seems to be really taking off.
“I’ve had all sorts of requests, including a couple of wedding cakes. Customers come to me with their ideas or they’re happy for me to design something for them - I love a challenge and I absolutely love making them.”
After studying DT and food at the George Farmer School, in Holbeach, Matthew completed catering and hospitality at college in King’s Lynn and Boston, which also included a level three patisserie and confectionary qualification.
From there he secured a place at London Southbank University, the national baking school, to study baking technology management, graduating in 2016 with a 2:1 BA (hons).
“I’ve always loved working with food” adds Matthew, who currently works as a farm operative at Taylor’s Bulbs during the day, while his business gets established.
“While I was at King’s Lynn College, I got a place to cook and serve for HM The Queen at her Jubilee Garden Party at Sandringham, which was a fantastic opportunity.
“And in 2012, I worked in London cooking for the athletes competing in the London Olympics, which was an amazing experience too.
“I realised before I went to university that baking was my passion and has been since my grandmother first taught me when I was little.
“After my graduation I travelled around Australia for a bit and worked in a bakery over there and when I got home, I decided I wanted to start my own.
“Eventually, I’d love to have my own shop where I can sell brownies and cupcakes alongside the commissioned celebration cakes too.
“They’re long days at the moment, as I work on my cakes in the evening, but I absolutely love it and can’t wait to have my own shop – that’s my next goal.”
• To contact Haynes Cakery, which has a five-star hygiene rating, call Matthew on 07533 523509 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also follow @Haynescakery on Instagram and Facebook