The Foodamentalists is a gluten and wheat free bakery based in Cheshire.
The business was started by trained chef Stevan Taylor in 2009. Following his redundancy from a pub management career, Stevan started making organic ready meals under the name The Foodamentalists from his base which was then in Yorkshire. Some of his recipes were naturally gluten free and he started to attract a following of local coeliacs. Many of these customers asked him for more gluten free options.
“I always say I was bullied into providing gluten free options by my customers!” quips Stevan. “But I’m grateful to them for making me aware of the huge demand for good quality gluten free food.”
So that was it: the challenge was set – and it was one that Stevan embraced. He spent the next couple of years perfecting his recipes & learning more about how different flours and starches react with one another, and the gelling points and cooking temperatures of each.
This saw Stevan develop his range of gluten free baking mixes. The range includes a bread mix, shortcrust pastry mix, tortilla mix, Yorkshire pudding mix and doughnut mix. As well as being gluten free, the mixes are free of wheat, dairy, soya and some are also egg free.
Stevan says, “The mixes pretty much sell themselves. They’re always very popular at food fairs, coeliac group events and markets and we don’t often take many packs of mix home with us.”
The best sellers among the mixes are the Yorkshire pudding mix, the tortilla mix and the vegan bread mix. All the mixes are available online as well as from The Foodamentalists shop, and from a selection of health food shops, farm shops and delicatessens nationwide.
The Foodamentalists have picked up a number of awards for their mixes: they won a Great Taste Gold Award in 2011, a Foods You Can award and a Free From Food Award in 2012 and were shortlisted for the Free From Food Awards this year & were also voted The Most Innovative Free From Business 2013 in The Foods You Can People’s Choice Awards
All The Foodamentalists’ products contain no additives, preservatives, artificial colourings or flavourings, and are made with locally sourced ingredients.
Exciting times for The Foodamentalists