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Meet our chefs & experience partners

Meet our amazing chefs, super bakers and experience partners. 

Vanessa Ferreira-Walton
        
We are excited to welcome Vanessa as one of our chef partners. She is one half of the couple behind free-from bakery, VS Bakes, an amazing free-form bakery. vegan and gluten free cakes and pastries. 

I have loved baking since I remember. For forever, my mum has been cooking from scratch with the freshest ingredients. On sundays she treated our family to the most indulgent and sophisticated 3 course meals.
For the last 16 years, I have been working as a professional chef. From Iranian cuisine to Italian gnocchi, from the French bouillabaisse to the Portuguese pastel de nata the kitchen has been where my heart lays.
Along the years, I have worked alongside amazing and talented chefs from which I have acquired all my knowledge from basic skills to the most requinted flavours.
But I must admit, my sweet tooth has pushed all boundaries, and me and my spouse have created a small free from bakery to cater for those with dietary requirements (not only).
It has been amazing to bake for the community on every level, so much that we want to share this knowledge with the people of Eastbourne.
Baking is the thing that I most enjoy doing, it brings me mindfulness and self satisfaction, a mood booster!
Lets be honest, nothing beats a delicious creamy cheesecake at dinner parties or perhaps that rich gorgeous chocolate cake to share with that special someone.
I baked my first cake when I was 5, but I wouldn't call it a cake, more of a liquid chocolate and milk eggy mess. Ahah I am pleased I learnt the purpose of flour!
I dont have a favourite desert, however I have very strong feelings for a Black forest gateau, and secretly love love love Chestnut Mont Blancs! And the crema catalana, and churros, and .....

Anything is possible!