2-5 Sep 2024
MCEC Melbourne

Speaker Profile

Michael James

Michael James

Urbanstead

"Pippa and Michael live in Melbourne with their daughter, Clover. They believe that food has the power to connect us with people, place and planet. They are passionate about regenerative living and dedicated to building abundant and resilient local food systems through their personal and professional lives. Michael grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, before moving to London, where he met his Australian wife, Pippa. Together they lived in London, Edinburgh and Sydney, before settling in Melbourne in 2008. They opened Tivoli Road Bakery in 2013, dedicated to supporting local farmers and offering high quality bakes to their community. After garnering a loyal following for their bakery in Melbourne and beyond, Michael and Pippa sold the business to focus on new opportunities. Their acclaimed first book, The Tivoli Road Baker, was published in 2017. Their follow-up book of savoury bakes, All Day Baking: Savoury, Not Sweet, was published in 2021. It was selected for the Jamie Oliver Cookbook Club book of the month
in May 2022. As co-founders of GrAiNZ, Michael and Pippa are committed to building a healthy and thriving local grain economy. Their new venture, Urbanstead, exists to create a more just and sustainable food system through education and community building."

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