King of the sourdough, Hobbs House Bakery 2016. With Tom and Henry Herbert, the baker brothers.

King of the sourdough, Hobbs House Bakery 2016. With Tom and Henry Herbert, the baker brothers.

I trained at Tante Marie in 2000 where I gained a distinction and was awarded 'Student of the Year'. I gained valuable experience working for a caterer but decided to set up Potts Pantry in 2005.

I made a name for myself at Hampshire Farmer's Markets and held a recognisable stall at Winchester Farmer's Market where I sold desserts, patisserie and Mozzo coffee from my espresso machine.

In my first year of business I won 'Best Newcomer' in the Hampshire Life Awards. I entered 3 products in the Great Taste Awards and went on to win gold. At the award ceremony I also won 'Best Show by a Newcomer'.  The year after I won another 2 Gold awards, for Portuguese Custard Tarts and Christmas Puddings, both of which continue to be a resounding success.

In 2016 I won Hobbs House King of the Sourdough competition with my chocolate sourdough encrusted with chopped hazelnuts and cocoa.

After entering The World Bread Awards 2016 as a professional I won a Gold for my country Sourdough and went on to win the category which was the real bread category. I also picked up two silvers, one for my toasted sesame sourdough and the other for my Lemon, Olive and Rosemary Sourdough Foccacia. 

In 2017 at the World Bread Awards I won a Gold, Silver and Bronze and was runner up in the Real Bread Campaign Category with my Coumtry Sourdough.

I put my business on hold in 2011 after giving birth to my first daughter. Now with two daughters and a son, I am starting my business again as Sarah Raisbeck. I bake twice a week selling sourdough and bakes to local people in the area. I have also started a pop up bakery once a month so look out for dates advertised here and on social media.