Interview: Relish Vegan
Relish Vegan provides catering for corporate events, weddings, hen-dos or other special occasions. They are based in central Bath serving delicious and creative plant based food. I was lucky enough to interview Relish Vegan about their business.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Brilliant thank you, I’ve been baking all afternoon so I’m feeling very productive!
I adore your business. What made you decide to set up your own business?
I decided I’d had enough of working for other people and living out someone else’s dream and needed to take the leap and become my own boss!
How has your creative process changed since the start?
I’ve definitely changed my business a lot since the start depending on what people were interested in and what was popular. When I started I didn’t really know which direction I wanted to go so it was all about trial and error whereas now my process is different as it all depends what the people want which seems to be cakes over anything!
How did you manage to learn and hone your craft?
I’ve always cooked but I was classically trained as a chef and did a ski season in the Alps for 6 months where I was cooking for the masses which is where my love of catering came from. As for cakes, I worked at Beyond The Kale in Bath where the cakes were a main job of mine and they had to be sugar free/dairy free and gluten free so it was a challenge but an interesting one!
Have you always been into baking and cooking?
Always, my mum’s a great cook as is my grandma (although she does’t think it!)
What equipment do you use for your work?
Very minimal equipment, a tiny oven and some battered cake tins but it all seems to come out well in the end!
What tools or materials could you not live without?
Probably my Kenwood mixer for super fluffy buttercream icing.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Instagram has played a key role in the development of Relish and it’s been great getting the word out there and I also get a lot of commissions through my social media accounts so it’s been very very important for me.
Who inspires your work?
My friends and family who lovingly support (and taste!) every single thing I do.
Do you have any favourite recipes that you adore at the moment?
At the moment I’m testing out a spiced pumpkin cake for halloween and it’s making my whole flat smell amazingly autumnal!
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram page and your work?
Plenty of cakes and lots and lots of markets! I have some amazing Christmas commissions coming up that I can’t wait to show people.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m working on some wedding menus for next June which feels like a very long time away!
What has been your favourite recipe to make?
My bakewell tart recipe because I’ve totally perfected it and people always compliment me on them.
What’s your typical working day?
A typical day for me involves plenty of coffee, a couple of dog walks with my sausage dog and a lot of batch baking with the odd costing and menu planning thrown in.
Do you have any exciting plans for this year?
Plenty of exciting things coming up including my first Bristol Harbourside market on 27th Oct which I’m really looking forward to.
What is your career plan with your business?
To get myself a bigger kitchen and a better oven! And to see the catering side of Relish continue to grow as it has been.
What’s been the biggest struggle in getting your business off the ground?
Being able to balance a life, a job, friends & family and trying to focus on starting your own thing. It’s a balance I don’t think anyone can perfect but I’m learning every day!
Do you have any advice for anyone starting their own business?
Make use of the skills and talents of the people around you including your friends in exchange for cake! I’m very lucky to have photographer, calligrapher and designer friends who have helped me SO much to get Relish off the ground.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Every mistake is a lesson!