About Us

Welcome to Baked by Blanche, let us introduce ourselves...

Andrew is the head baker, Jo is the creative and driving force and Silas is why we do what we do!

Andrew's career has been an interesting journey. Leaving school he followed in his older brothers footsteps and became a qualified baker. Spending an entertaining fifteen years working in the hospitality scene in Wellington. Then following a dream he had when he was eight he pursued a funeral directing career, moving to Auckland and ultimately Hawera. After fifteen years in that profession he was ready for a change. Unsure of what next, we had a small "Life after death" party with friends. And Jo, keen for some homemade bread from her baker husband. Brought a gift of a sourdough starter and some books. Soon he was making bread the old way, by hand and with passion. The new/old career had begun! 

Jo is the creative and driving force of Baked By Blanche. Currently the chef at Someday Cafe in Hawera. Having cooked in Wellington, London, Melbourne,  Auckland and now Hawera. Jo has been sous chef and head chef in many restaurants with an amazing palate for food and an eye for detail. 

Silas is our nearly 10 year old son. As a food critic he's honest and a straight shooter. Having no problem telling you if something is not quite right. So if it gets the thumbs up from him.... you know it's going to be good! Keep an eye out for his personal recommendations, food pairing and recipes.