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.