About The Bread Companion

The Bread Companion was an nomadic, teaching bakery and online platform for breaducation that ran between 2014 - 2020. After six years of baking for wholesale customers and teaching hundreds of people how to bake, as well as providing useful online bread tips, the project has now been closed.  Initially, TBC started life as a micro bakery in 2014, run by baker/designer Julia Georgallis.  Three different iterations of the mobile wood fired oven were built so that the project could travel the UK and further afield to run workshops and bake. The trailer has now been donated to DOH Life Bakery in Hackney Wick, London.  


TBC was started in London, but the project ran all over the world, from fields on a Swedish island, to the rural Californian High Desert. In 2018, The Bread Companion moved bases from London to Lisbon. Inspired by communal bread ovens of the past, The Bread Companion began life as a moving, micro bakery to encourage people to eat, bake and buy real bread and provide for themselves. The point of the project was not just about bread – the aim was to get people thinking about everything they eat, with bread being the perfect gateway to that.  Most people don’t have the time or space to grow their own vegetables or the land to farm their own animals, but knocking up a homemade loaf is doable and empowering.  Running for 6 years, the project ended in early 2021 after the Covid-19 pandemic.  


The Bread Companion was founded by industrial designer/baker, Julia Georgallis, whilst she was a student at the Royal College of Art. Julia worked in a bakery on Saturdays whilst studying and saw how bread could be used as an important tool to empower and teach people about food on a wider level, and TBC became part of her graduating work.  After running TBC for 6 years, Julia now writes about food, still works as a baker from time to time and runs a variety of side hustles. Her new project, theediblearchive.org also looks at food as a powerful teaching tool. 


Over the years TBC has run both private and corporate teaching events, collaborations, consultancy and wholesale baked goods for SIT Festival, SCP Ltd, Startisans, Designers on Holiday, Groundwork, Hackney Herbal, A Sociedade, Sweaty Betty, Cottage Loaf Bakery, House of Mamas, Lisbon Living Room Sessions, Web Summit Lisboa, Second Home, Blue Sky Center, The Bridge Co. , Cause to Create, E5 Bakery and The London Artisan, to name a few. 


Images below: the second, sleek, black version of our travelling microbakery followed by a picture of the first prototype on its maiden voyage and, finally, an early sketch of The Bread Companion from 2014.