hands on experience 

T his fabulous experience is based from Lovingly Artisan Bakery situated in the Lake District National Park on the outskirts of Kendal and our Micro-Bakery at Altrincham Market (check dates to see locations)

Aidan will generously share his expertise, knowledge and passion for Sourdough and also explore the nutritional benefits of Sourdough. He is a very experienced trainer, baker and motivator. You will leave inspired, educated and addicted to bread making. This is a fantastic workshop which will give you the core information and much more. Our bakery team will welcome you warmly and guide you throughout the day.

This is the ideal experience for family celebrations, corporate events, Hen Parties, Stag Do’s or simply for foodies who want to heighten their bread making skills.


  • the benefits of sourdough
  • why baking sourdough is different from other techniques
  • the equipment required to bake confidently at home
  • how to create and maintain a  sourdough starter
  • how to weigh and mix your sourdough ingredients
  • professional bread mixing techniques
  • how to mould confidently
  • dividing techniques – Aidan’s tips and tricks!
  • bread scoring methods
  • preparing the oven
  • the importance of oven temperatures
  • how to identify when bread is ready – appearance and character



Thursday 1st August 10am – 3pm at Altrincham Market, Altrincham   S O L D  O U T

Sunday 8th September 10am – 3pm at Lovingly Artisan HQ, Kendal

Sunday 27th October 10am – 3pm at Lovingly Artisan HQ, Kendal

Sunday 24th November 10am – 3pm at Lovingly Artisan HQ, Kendal


PRICE:  £95 + VAT

VENUE: Lovingly Artisan Bakery. Crook Rd. LA8 8LX / Altrincham Market, Altrincham, (please check which location corresponds with each date)

Book your place on 01539 736664


half day workshop

This workshop is designed for those that crave an insight into artisan baking; if you love to observe, listen and watch whilst having the opportunity to ask the questions that matter to you – this is your ideal.

YOU will be given plenty of time to absorb the information that Aidan shares, as you become familiar with the art of artisan baking from home.

Are you the type of person that would rather learn at your own pace? If your preferred learning style is watching and note taking, whilst been given the opportunity to discover new skills – this is the ideal workshop for you.


Workshop Timetable –

10.00 – Coffee and home baked treats on arrival

10.15 – Look and learn; how to bake sourdough bread


  • Learn how to make a sourdough starter of which you will take home with you
  • Learn how to maintain your sourdough starter
  • Discover the ideal sourdough recipe for use at home
  • Learn how to mould bread confidently
  • Learn how to prepare your home oven for baking
  • Discover how to test whether your bread is ready!
  • And much much more…



Sunday 24th March; 10am – 1pm  S O L D  O U T

Sunday 9th June; 10am – 1pm

Sunday 6th October; 10am – 1pm


VENUE: Pear Tree Barn, near Kendal

Please email or call 01539 736664 for further information and to book your place


half day workshop

Join us with Gemma from ‘You Say Tomato’ in her Wilmslow kitchen for a new style of class.

Learn to make sourdough at home

This informal look and learn workshop is designed for anyone who has struggled with or who has never tried baking with sourdough before. It will give you a real insight into the art of bread making at home and you’ll leave ready to get baking.

We will kick start the workshop by explaining the health benefits of sourdough and why it has a positive effect on your gut health.

We will then take you through how best to create your sourdough starter and how to maintain it – through the art of bread baking in a conventional oven. You will be given plenty of time to absorb the information that Aidan shares, as you become familiar with the art of baking sourdough.

Bring your questions and any poorly starters you may have as we have allocated plenty of time to answer questions and fix sick starters you may have at home.

We will finish the session with lunch, made by Gemma using lots of lovely sourdough, and a glass of wine while we chat.

You will learn the following –

  • why sourdough?
  • how to create and look after a ‘starter’
  • making dough with the starter and how to mix using a domestic mixer
  • the benefits of using different flours
  • moulding techniques
  • resting
  • baking – how to bake in a domestic oven, and knowing when your bread is ready

£70 class cost includes lunch, drinks, course notes and your take-home Lovingly Artisan starter.

For an additional fee, you can purchase your own home sourdough making kit, so that you have no excuse but to get cracking! The kit includes; proving basket, a bag of Gilchesters Organic’s flour, scraper and bread blade for £30.00.

These classes will start promptly at the advertised time. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes before to settle in and get a drink. 

DATE: 20th June, 11am – 2pm.

PRICE: £70

To secure your place visit or alternatively email

Join us and transform all that unfolds in your Bread Bin!


webinar series

Visualise your world bursting with inspirational imagery; artisans love a visual feast – not just for your eyes but for your heart too! This course is more than just learning about photography, it’s about creating a whole NEW way of living as an artisan.


  • Would you like to capture food beautifully, creatively discovering how to take the type of pictures you witness in lifestyle magazines and through the threads of Instagram?
  • Do you have a real interest in everything artisan? Do you simply love eating, devouring and talking about FOOD?
  • Do you have a burning desire just to learn something different, equipping yourself to become whatever you want to be, food photographer, business storyteller, blogger – limitless?
  • Would you like to feature in magazines, on blogs, creating an inspirational vibe around YOU? Why not even become a foodie influencer too?

We did and it transformed how we live our lives – why not let US teach YOU?


Join us for three live training sessions online…

This online course of 3 sessions is designed for foodies who love photography or photographers who love food! Whether you are a hobbyist photographer wishing to develop your skills or a seasoned pro planning to expand in a new direction this is the course for  you. If you have an interest in food photography and styling this will be ideal, whether you’re a lifestyle blogger who seeks further skills or you have an interest in capturing food more professionally.  This will become your perfect  recipe to get you started and inspire your autumn and winter. Learning from your own home online is a very liberating experience. All webinars are recorded for you, giving you the opportunity to listen to them again and again.  Learning at your own pace gives you the freedom to absorb all the knowledge at the right pace for you. This will give you a good foundation of photographic knowledge, food styling skills and will boost your appetite for blogging.

VENUE: Online webinar course

PRICE: £80

Please email or call 07979 501059 for further course details


one-to-one & corporate sessions with aidan monks

Mentoring and consultancy sessions with Aidan Monks vary depending on the needs of the baker, chef or business owner which are initially established through a detailed conversation. The process you travel through with Aidan will be unique to you and your business and begins prior to the development session with the completion of a confidential business questionnaire. This is thoroughly evaluated and assessed and becomes the backbone of your sessions with Aidan.

The agenda is formed from the needs and the aspirations you have for your business or baking requirements. If relevant to your business needs, Aidan Monks will go through your website and any social media platforms and brand alongside his partner Catherine Connor who specialises in business development, brand building and mentoring those in business . Catherine Connor founded one of the most successful and award-winning photographic training companies in the UK, alongside supporting the development of Lovingly Artisan and other artisans in the food industry. If you seek business development mentoring, both Aidan and Catherine will jointly facilitate the session carefully, exploring all the possibilities for you and your business and suggesting positive changes where and when necessary.

Together we will explore the challenges you are facing and come up with workable solutions. Each area of development will be considered carefully and you will leave the session with new found confidence, clarity and direction. More importantly than that you will also have the right ‘to do’ list. A concise and easy to follow action plan will follow which is sure to become your road to success over the months that follow.


  • Discover Sourdough and the blending of flours and recipes
  • Heighten your skills as a professional baker
  • Business creation and development programme


Aidan has a depth of manufacturing experience alongside a deep understanding of the requirements and needs of commercial bakeries with regard to high standards in baking, production managements and the costing of projects. He has trusted experience in the development of :

  • Introducing new production lines and the implications of change
  • The development of new recipes
  • Team development and training programmes
  • Production management
  • The development of retail ideas and concepts

All consultancy sessions are private and unique to each individual business for a detailed insight into the format of these sessions, please call Aidan on 07807 248886.


with catherine connor – developing those steering their own dreams + aspirations 

My grown up life has been dedicated to the development and motivation of others.  All had much in common they all sought confidence and trust in the choices they were making for their business and their life. So many needed creative time, time to think smart towards building a better future. We all need a sounding block at times, a block that you can trust. Somebody that will listen with care and attention.

If you feel you’re at a cross roads, you need something to change, you’er seeking further development yet you’ve lost direction, now might be the time to open up a conversation with us. 


It all starts with a private and confidential questionnaire, which most find a liberating, healing process in itself. Your information is then devoured and nurtured into an agenda all designed around you and your business. 

My approach to mentoring is about building people, it’s all about giving you the guidance and ‘know how’ to function far more effectively. Alighting your passion for your business, or the creation of your business in the first place. Being in business is far from easy, it can often feel lonely and you can feel isolated from the realities of life, or others. If you feel something has to GIVE, and you need the input of another, I have developed many many in business, and understand that each of us is different and so are YOU. 

Your desire for success is a credit to YOU, if your read on, you a clearly seeking a well oiled plan, nobody else plan YOUR plan. I am a no nonsense, jargon free kind of gal. You haven’t the time to smoke screens, and I haven’t the motivation to share any with YOU.  My time has to be commitment to the core of the business and You. Not the generation of more spread sheets, and pie charts, that get neglected and concern you even more. What YOU will have though is a concise action plan, a achievable and inspiring lists of things to do, in the right order, a list that inspires you daily to leap out of bed and achieve! 

IF what you want is answers, clarity, direction a plan! Our shared objective becomes the liberation of YOU. 

Request a questionnaire today via 

This is a small flavour of what we may and might explore – REMEMBER no business is the same, this is about YOU, your agenda may look and BE very different! 

  • Your relationship with the business and all it produces
  • You and your development
  • How to become more purposeful
  • Confidence 
  • The vision and expectations of the business 
  • The impact your reputation is having on growth
  • Finding the right team
  • Team development 
  • Why marketing matters
  • How to create marketplace attention
  • How to utilise photography in the business
  • Your social media strategies that will why for YOU 
  • Business development plans
  • Frustrations and challenges 
  • And much more…

Once you have decided to undertake consultancy, together we will secure your booking, ensuring the right amount of time is allocated – everybody is different. 

The rest is where the magic happens – YOU grow, I nurture. 

You will take a mountain of notes, as Catherine devotes time to your final guidance and further appointments

Consultancy fees are £180.00 for an 1.5 hour session.

If you want to know more email 


All consultancy sessions are private and unique to each individual business for a detailed insight into the format of these sessions, please email or call Catherine on 07979 501059 for further information.


hands on experience 

If you are a photographer with a passion for food this is the ideal step for the next stage of your development as a food photographer and stylist. Catherine brings a depth of knowledge and enthusiasm which is contagious and inspiring, giving you a new found confidence and vigour. The course is designed to build your skills as a food photographer, giving you a detailed insight into how to best prepare food and produce for photography. Everything that you learn can transfer easily into your photographic repertoire thus giving you an advantage as a creative.


This is a totally hands-on experience giving you all the confidence you seek as a budding food photographer. The knowledge you gain will transform your food photography and styling ability. All you need for this programme is your iPhone or smart phone and a bucket full of passion for food and food photography – we will naturally provide the rest of the ingredients for your education!

We will provide the produce, aprons, knives etc for your workshop as this course is designed to be ‘hands on’ learning.


  • How to select the right photogenic ingredients and produce
  • How to create a visual food story that whets the appetite
  • How to prepare and dress food for photographic shoots, knife skills, styling and arranging a scene
  • How to handle produce and the importance of fresh, lasting appearances for photography
  • How to work with colour and textures
  • How to create a visual photogenic feast
  • Get to know the nature of food and how it changes over time

Please email or call 07979 501059 for further course details and to book your place.


hands-on experience

We are passionate about food photography and know how important it is to get this niche subject perfect every time. It is essential that you have an understanding of composition and lighting, and a sensitivity to the value of delicious food images. Whether you’re creating promotional imagery for your clients, creating a cookbook, you are a food writer or simply want to create art for your home, the right approach will enable you to capture stunning images of food that would look right at home in a gallery or high-end recipe book.

This course is a chance to explore the way you use lighting and focus, and the way you compose an image. Whilst indulging your creative side on a variety of delicious still-life compositions (food fans will be in their element here!), you’ll hone your technical skills, developing techniques that will influence the way you work in other photographic areas. This course offers a total hands-on experience and you will be immersed not only in food photography but also food preparation!

This course will teach you …

  • Learn how to prepare for a food photography shoot
  • Work with different backgrounds
  • Work with key textures and props
  • Learn the power of natural light and different types of light available
  • Learn the importance of depth of field
  • Learn the power of composition

Please email or call 07979 501059 for further course details and to book your place.