Eloise Durant

El

Eloïse Durrant, Founder of TGCC, found her passion for cakes in Paris when she went to stay with her Uncle one summer during school. Sneaking off to the Patisseries every day, El followed her sweet tooth home to work part time in various restaurant kitchens where she hoped to add some sparkle to the dessert trolley, hoping one day for her own piece of confection perfection.

After building an advertising career in London, Eloïse took a leap of faith and gave it all up in 2008 to follow her culinary dreams back in her native Essex. She founded her own bespoke bakery, went on to graduate top of her class at patisserie school and was awarded highly commended Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Essex Business Awards.

In 2015, Eloise was headhunted for a brand new show on Channel 4 called ‘Extreme Cakemakers’ which was set to be the UK’s answer to ‘Cake Boss’. Eloïse’s amazing skill and creativity in producing the exceptional and the impossible, as well as her ability to enthrall and engage her audience, are all showcased on the programme which is available to watch online at All 4.

Eloïse has won a host of competitions for her imaginative cake designs and has produced outstanding work for a number of celebrities and corporate clients. With ten years experience as a professional cake artist, Eloïse’s fantastic repertoire of cake courses has a worldwide reach seeing visitors from all over the globe. She too has travelled the globe delivering expert tuition from Berlin to Bucharest and beyond. Her thorough yet relaxed and adaptable teaching style makes learning a pleasure and in 2011, Eloïse taught home baker Jo Wheatley who went on to win that years Great British Bake Off on BBC1.

At ease with any audience type or size, Eloïse has lectured on entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin University, demonstrated cake making to hundreds of craft enthusiasts for Kirtsy Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Course Palace, and also provides regular live cake commentary on BBC Radio Essex.

When she’s not creating culinary masterpieces, you can find El throwing rocks down at the bowling alley or burning off some steam playing roller derby for Chelmsford Killahurtz.

Favourite cupcake: All of them, of course (but especially the caramel ones)

 

 

Tilly

Tilly

Our Tilly might be super glam on the outside but she certainly isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. Tilly is born and bred farm girl and with her flock of chickens at home, she is never short of eggs with which to bake. If you’re lucky enough to have Tilly teach you on a cake class, you should know she’s a biiiit of a cake geek… Tilly excelled at patisserie college and in particular loves to create quirky colourful cake designs. Make sure you catch her with El on Extreme Cakemakers on Channel 4 doing just that!

Favourite cupcake: Mint Chocolate

 

 

Lyndsay

Lyndsay

Lyndsay is a well oiled baking machine and there’s no job she won’t take on. A pinnacle of calm in even the most stressful situations, the patience of a saint and with years of teaching experience, Lyndsay is our course tutor extraordinaire. You can also see her on Extreme Cakemakers on Channel 4 helping to whip up some of our crazy cake creations. Outside of work Lyndsay is a super mum, which probably explains her mega organisational skills when she’s at the bakery. Oh and if you come on a cake course with Lyndsay, make sure you ask her about the time she had to go to A&E because she got her finger stuck in a piping nozzle. Shouldn’t laugh. It’s really not funny. Nooooo, not funny at all…

Favourite cupcake: She needs some time to think about it…

 

 

Michelle

 

 


Michelle

From a long ancestral line of confectioners, Michelle has baking in her blood. And with one gluten free and one dairy free sprog, Michelle is a wealth of knowledge creating free-from cakes that are still tasty as. And did we mention she could juggle? This isn’t entirely useful in her current job description, but she wanted us to tell you anyway. Show off.

From the moment Michelle sashayed into our first ever Original Cupcake Course back in the day, we knew the girl had taste. And stories? She’s plenty of those too thanks to having met Johnny Depp, David Beckham and more. Just ask her. No seriously, please do. We’re yet to get to the bottom of it.

Favourite cupcake: Lemon. Because they’re ‘zingy’, apparently.

 

 

Emma

 

 

 

 

 

Emma

Talented, glitter-obsessed, Emma has an impressive portfolio of cakes we couldn’t help but be wow-ed by right from the start. And with an array of professional cake qualifications under her belt, Emma is a sugarcraft whizz and features in our first ever pilot episode of Extreme Cake Makers on Channel 4.

Got an idea and can’t quite visualise it? Emma speaks fluent cake and will help bring even the most ambitious ideas to life. Whether it’s a christening, Granny’s birthday or a bah mitzvah; Emma’s creative mind can make your most delicious dreams come true. We’ll leave it to her to tell you about her collection of 18+ cakes though.

Favourite cupcake: The one with the most glitter on.

 

 

Amy

 

 

Amy

Amy is our very own bakery pug mumma and wannabe mermaid. (Second to this she’s also a Course Tutor and Cake Maker too.) When she’s not baking up a storm or sending home hoards of happy course attendees, Amy is caring for her ‘baby’ Miley, the Pug with the power to melt hearts and destroy ALL of the shoes. Oh and if you need a sick contour for a night out, Amy’s your woman.

Favourite cupcake: Rhubarb and Custard 

  

 

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