The face behind Firehouse bakery.

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan is the face behind the award-winning Firehouse bakery and bread school. A former Corporate Law student, Patrick swapped law books for chef knives.

Having completed training under the guidance of Michelin starred chef Kevin Thornton at Thornton’s Restaurant in Dublin, Patrick has gone on to work in both the UK and Australia.

Patrick helped set up The Thoughtful Bread Company in Bath, where he spent 4 years as Head Baker - helping to establish The Thoughtful Bread Company as an award winning artisan bakery.

During this time Patrick published his first book “Bread Revolution” as well as starring in a BBC2 programme "The Big Bread Experiment". Patrick makes regular appearances on Virgin Media’s "Weekend AM".

Since returning home in 2012, Patrick has secured his place as one of Ireland’s most prolific artisan bakers. Patrick runs popular bread baking classes on Heir Island in West Cork as well as the award winning Firehouse Bakery and Café in Delgany Wicklow.

Patrick has just opened a new bakery school at his bakery in Wicklow and has plans to open a second café in the new year. As well as this Patrick operates an ever-growing wholesale bakery which serves numerous cafes, restaurants and stores throughout Wicklow and Dublin.

Patrick is one of the founding members of Realbread Ireland who strive to return bread to its rightful place as King of the Table.

"I am very excited to be teaming up with Kenwood.

Kenwood is the brand I grew up with. Always remember baking with my mum as a kid and the Kenwood mixer always on the go.

She had it for years, in fact I think it was a wedding present well that was until I almost knocked it off the kitchen counter, I thought she was going to kill me. But to find myself now working with Kenwood it is a huge honour."

You can learn more about Patrick and his bakery school on the Firehouse Bakery website.