YO Bakehouse established 2015 is an artisan bakery based in Ryedale and is devoted to supplying retail and wholesale customers in ‘Gods own county’. Back in 2012 with just a food mixer and a shed load of determination (and black coffee), Chris’ mum Von had created the foundations for YO Bakehouse with ‘The Little Duck Cake Co’ and truly started building its place within Yorkshires baked goods market. Together Chris Welford and David Turner along with their academic backgrounds and a passion for exceptional quality produce jumped onboard mid 2015 with big ideas for an even bigger future with YO Bakehouse.
Chris grew up close to Malton in North Yorkshire and went onto attend Northumbria University where in 2013 he achieved BA (Hons) in Business with Marketing. He has also worked in retail and hospitality since the age of fourteen at Castle Howard.
David grew up in the seaside town of Whitby and from a young age it was clear he was going to be creative. He completed a college course in art and design and fine art before achieving BA (Hons) in Design Practice at York St John University in 2011. David has also made appearances on television and radio showcasing his artistic capabilities and natural flair. YO Bakehouse in its original form looked only to supply wholesale customers. However Chris and David are keen to get their brand noticed and this includes attending some of Yorkshire’s best-known food and drink events. Their first ever stall at Living North Christmas Fair York 2015 saw them sell out and win ‘Best Food & Drink Stand’.