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South Yarra’s Tivoli Road Bakery is (in our educated opinion) one of Melbourne’s best bakeries. It’s why we’ve enlisted it to be our Official Bread Partner – all the cheese boards will be sold with hunks of Tivoli Road bread – and it’ll also have a stand selling a range of goodies to eat in or take home. We caught up with the owners, Pippa and Michael James, ahead of the event.

What’s your story? What led you to open Tivoli Road Bakery??

We met working in restaurants in the UK (Michael was a chef, Pippa FOH) and after stints in London, Edinburgh and Sydney, moved to Melbourne. Michael’s cheffing career led to pastry, and then bread, which he fell in love with. Being in the right place at the right time led to us opening Tivoli Road!

Tell us about the bakery. What do you sell, what’s your specialty/ies, who are you inspired by?

It all starts with the bread, mostly sourdough. We also make a range of sweet and savoury Viennoiserie, savoury food for the breakfast and lunch crowd, doughnuts, cookies, cakes and other sweet treats. Coffee, tea, and house made sodas.

Many people inspire us – bread wise Chad Robertson from Tartine in San Francisco and Dan Lepard are amazing. There is also a wonderful community of bakers in Australia that I draw inspiration from, including (but not limited to) Emily Salkeld from Small World Bakery in Langhorn Creek, John Reid from Red Beard in Trentham, and Ian Lowe from Apiece in Launceston.

What’s your favourite bread? Why?

Spelt and honey sourdough. I love the texture and complexity of the spelt, and the flavour of the red gum honey.

What makes the perfect loaf of bread?

Great ingredients, time, patience, love…

You have a book coming out – tell us about that?

The book has recipes from every section in the bakery – sourdough, croissant pastries, savoury items and sweet treats, as well as seasonal baking like hot cross buns and Christmas puddings. We’ve also highlighted some of our awesome suppliers and what they do. It’s a broad and very detailed snapshot of what we do at the bakery and what we believe in.

What are you most looking forward to trying at Mould?

We love cheese! We can’t wait to see what Nick Haddow brings up from Bruny Island. Also Harper & Blohm’s Welsh rarebit and Maker & Monger’s aligote. We nearly drowned in aligote on a walking holiday in France years ago. So good.

Best bread and cheese pairing?

Macadamia and wattleseed sourdough with Stone & Crow’s Nightwalker.

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