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Gerhard Jenne & Paul Cons

The founder, and the chief executive of Konditor & Cook

BUSINESS PROFILE

Gerhard Jenne is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his Konditor & Cook shop where he has been responsible for the production of more than one million cakes. His success has been aided by his husband Paul Cons whom he met in 2006. Paul had worked as a club promoter in Manchester and was working with the London art scene creating The House of Homosexual Culture in London. Four years later Paul became chief executive of Konditor & Cook. They talk to Attitude about the joys of baking, offensive cakes and their ambitious plans for the future

Where did your love of baking originate, Gerhard?

Gerhard: I grew up in Germany and always wanted to escape the countryside. I was looking at jobs in the hospitality industry because I thought that was a good vehicle to get away. After a summer working with my sister’s boyfriend, who ran the village bakery, I feel in love with baking. I was more interested in the artistic side so I trained as a pastry chef in Munich. From there, I moved to London to improve my English. I worked for Justin de Blank’s bakery in the Seventies and Eighties. Then, 25 years ago, I found a space in Waterloo and opened my own shop. It has expanded over the years and we now have six shops including one in the Gherkin.

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