Baker of the Month: Jane Batham

Bakery Name: Tarte & Berry Artisan Bakery
Location: Farsley, Leeds, UK
Instagram and Twitter: @tarteandberry
Facebook: tarteandberry

As our Baker of the Month for the start of the 2019, Chef Works are so happy to feature Jane Batham from artisan bakery Tarte & Berry. With an absolute passion for creating delicious bakes, Jane has worked as a Pastry Chef and Confectioner since graduating from the respected Tante Marie Culinary Academy. Joining forces with sister Lucy, who has a background in food PR and Marketing, they have developed high-quality accessible tray bakes now listing at some of the UK’s leading retailers, cafes and coffee shops. We cannot recommend these bakes highly enough!

Cookie Dough Caramel Brownies.


Delicious Mince Pie Slice (highly rated in our Chef Works Taste Test!).

1. Describe your bakery/business:
I own Tarte & Berry Artisan Bakery with my sister Lucy. We specialise in high-quality tray bakes for both trade as well as direct to customers via our online shop at

2. Describe your kitchen:
My kitchen at home is one of my favourite places! Lots of pots, pans and utensils.
I love healthy organic food, so lots of fruit and veg around.

3. Favourite Chef Works item and why:
My Chef Works chef coat from my days at the Tante Marie Culinary Academy where
I trained has sentimental value. Now we wear the Le Mans and Verona Female
Chef Coats.

Jane and Lucy Batham wearing the Le Mans (left) and Verona (right) chef coats.

4. Your first job:
I worked in Woolworths behind the CD counter when I was 15 and I loved it!

5. Your favourite cookbook:
How to Cook – Book 1 & 2 by Delia Smith. She taught me how to cook!

6. Your awards/career highlights:
I am proud of our product listings in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. We won a BBC Good Food Award and were chosen for a special visit from HRH. The Princess Royal in June 2018. Let’s see what 2019 brings?!

HRH. The Princess Royal visiting the bakery.

7. Your baking inspiration:
My Nanna! We used to bake together when I visited in the school holidays. Her chocolate fudge cake was unreal!

8. Your favourite dish to eat:
Something veggie like a vegetable lasagne with lots of cheese.

9. Your speciality bake:
It’s got to be our brownies. Our Chocolate Orange are to die for!

Chunky Chocolate Orange Brownies… delish!

10. Weirdest thing you ever ate:
Frogs legs at Le Gavroche in London, UK.

11. Favourite ice cream flavour:
Strawberry – even better if it is made with clotted cream.

12. Favourite family recipe:
Beef Wellington with Dauphinoise potatoes.

13. Favourite wine (be specific):
Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

14. Who would you most like to bake for:
HRH. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry & Meghan.

15. Who would you least like to bake for:
Paul Hollywood.

16. Favourite things to do when not baking:
Going for long walks in Yorkshire with my boyfriend Richard and my dog. Eating out in new restaurants.

17. Your latest project:
I have just got a miniature Dachshund puppy called Peggy. Training and looking after her is a project in itself.

18. Favourite city and why:
Copenhagen – I love the lifestyle, the people and the healthy food.

19. Your greatest indulgence:
An amazing coffee with either dark chocolate or a Stroopwafel dipped in… Amazing!

20. Your all-time best baking tip:
Get as much air in as possible in to the sugar and butter when creaming for a sponge cake, it must be almost like whipped cream in consistency.

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Photography: Heather Magner, Northern Exposure Photography.

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