It seems Phyl Lomas was born to cook. Growing up as one of a family of 11 children in rural Ireland, the older ones were expected topitch in and help with the cooking and the feeding of the younger ones. Phyl enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until she began baking with her grandmother that she really fell in love with kitchen life.
“We would collect the eggs from outside the back door and churn our own butter,” says Phyl. “It was wonderful to see all these raw ingredients come together and then emerge as a magical cake. Then there was the joy on the faces of my family when I took home whatever I had baked. They thought I was the queen. It was when I saw the pleasure baking could bring that I became really hooked.”