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Mooney turns his hand to baking
9:00am Saturday 27th October 2012 in News
A CULINARY couple have taken over a Northwich family bakery and are sending its goodies to restaurants across the county.
Celebrity chef David Mooney, from the New Moon Pub Company, and his wife Jane, founder of local producer network Made in Cheshire and the current Chair of Chester Food and Drink Festival, have taken over Williamsons Bakery in Castle.
The bakery, on the corner of Chester Road and Darwin Street, has been in the Williamson family for three generations, but masterbaker Graham imparted secret recipes and technique to Jane’s son Olly Casson for several months before he finally retired at the grand old age of 77.
The couple aim to maintain the Williamson family secrets and add to them.
Jane said: “We have given the shop a lick of paint and a freshen up and already people are enjoying the new lines we have introduced – our take-away foods are popular, hot Panini, Jacket potatoes, fresh filled batches and homemade soups.
“We are also open longer now till 4pm as demand is growing.”
The couple intend to develop the wholesale market and are already supplying fresh bread and homemade puddings into their other businesses – David and his business partner Paul Newman run The Lord Binning in Kelsall, the recently opened Old Sessions house in Knutsford and are also refurbishing the Hanging Gate at Weaverham which is due to open before Christmas.
Jane and David also run Legends Café at J&S Motorcycle Superstore at Oakmere.