Birthday celebrations at The Last Crumb

Helen and Paula

Best friends Paula Chapman and Helen Collier are celebrating a year of running The Last Crumb café and work hub and say they’ve “found their groove.”

The biggest challenge for the popular Stoke Newington start-up has been finding the right chef to help run the kitchen and they say the answer lay in taking the unusual step of opting for a senior sous chef, instead of a Head Chef.

Helen said: “While our core team has been with us since the beginning, finding the right head chef in those early days was a challenge and, as each new chef wanted to make their mark on the menu, so we risked losing the favourite dishes that customers kept returning for.

“Now we have Gaia Colloridi, a wonderful Italian senior sous chef who works with me in the kitchen. She works her magic to create fabulous specials but we’re also building a reputation for consistently serving delicious pastries and brunches.”

(Carol singers outside The Last Crumb)