'My mother started our bakery in her kitchen'
Dennis Graham, master baker, will be taking part in the NI Taste Festival
Dennis Graham is master baker at Grahams Bakery in Dromore, Co Down.
Dennis said: "You could say baking is in the genes.
"My mother started our bakery in her kitchen in 1955 when I was 10.
"I've been baking since I was 15, so I have lived and breathed it for many decades. Even so, I feel I am still learning every week with new ideas, tastes and textures to work on.
"Whether it's rich, creamy, sticky or tangy, I still like to get stuck in on the bakery floor – to master the art of baking. We make it a priority to handcraft every cake and pastry in our bakery.
"I've always tried to use the best ingredients and to work with local suppliers.
"This ensures our customers get to experience the Graham family recipes as we intend them to be enjoyed.
"These days it's a joy to have my two daughters and my youngest son working alongside me. With their fresh energy and new ideas, they have kept me sharp, improved our bakes and given us a new look."
Graham's has a partnership with Tesco and is excited to get the bakery's mini-pastries and Swiss rolls onto its shelves.
"We're delighted we are among 60 local suppliers to Tesco who will be taking part in the Tesco Taste NI Festival this year," he added.
Northern Ireland's largest free food and drink event is being staged at Belfast's Custom House Square from September 12-14