Straight outta the oven
is winding the clock back to a time when the smell of freshly baked bread wafted at you from every London café – a time before most foods turned into heavily branded, factory-made products with elaborate packaging and laundry lists of E-numbers. Them good old days, you know. Drawing on 25 years of experience in bagel-baking, we bring you the traditional family recipes we have perfected at home – using only the finest ingredients, without any additives whatsoever. All baked, prepared and presented in store.
Welcome back to a better time.
The History of Bagels
A popular myth describing the history of the bagel goes back to 1683; an unknown Jewish baker in Vienna wanted to honour the Polish King John III’s skill as a horseman - protecting his country from invaders. The round shape of the bagel resembles a horse's stirrup (especially the irregular, hand rolled variety). The Austrian word for stirrup is beugel. This story describes the baker as creating rounded bread in honour of the king.
The oldest record are found in Polish court documents dated 1394, and historical references indicate that bagels, at the time called “beygl”, then were used as gifts for women about to give birth.
Get to know your taste buddies
It has to be said: with the bagel having a 600-year-old history, no one can claim to know all the ins and outs of this holesome food. However, drawing on 25 years’ experience, we do think that we’re as close as anyone to mastering the fine art of bagel-baking.
B’s founders, Alon Kubi and Yoav Baumgarten, grew up in homes where food culture was a matter of great pride. When other people might have talked about the weather or the latest soccer scores, the boys’ families would discuss how to achieve an even better crust on mon bagels or where to find the freshest produce (they would also commonly analyse Alon’s driving skills and Yoav’s romantic advances in the neighbourhood, but that’s another story). Exploring new tastes and developing recipes was a daily ritual – a way of life.
Then Alon and Yoav set off into the big world on their own and realised that, by and large, it had lost touch with that heartfelt connection to food. Launching successful careers in sales and marketing, they met plenty of businessmen who above all regarded food as a product with X shelf life, Y target group and Z return on investment, seemingly without any feeling whatsoever for what they were selling. A sad state of affairs.
It wasn’t long before both Alon and Yoav surrendered to their passion for authentic cuisine. On the expert advice of his father-in-law, Roni, who had been baking bagels since 1989, Alon opened a family-oriented bakery in North West London in 2010. Its popularity quickly gave rise to another two bakeries in that area.
Now the turn has come for other parts of the city to enjoy the same traditional family recipes. Under the banner of B, Alon has joined forces with Yoav to offer Londoners fresh bagels, bagel sandwiches, salads, breakfasts and great deli products.
A taste of home, straight outta the oven.
You guessed it: whilst we take our culinary art very seriously, we do believe that humour and a relaxed attitude are vital ingredients in life. Moreover, at B Bagels, we also know that the vehicle of success isn’t actually the vehicle. It’s the fuel. So, if you’re driven by a love for people and good food, we’d like to talk to you.
Of course, having training and experience as a manager, barista, table staff or kitchen hand will certainly help your chances of joining the B team – and for a position as a baker, you’d certainly need something very special – but at the end of the day, the best results come about when everyone enjoys what they do and the people they do it with. That’s why we let our staff decide who will get to join the family.
Contact us today, and we’ll discuss career opportunities over a fresh bagel.
236D Fulham Road
London SW10 9NB
020 7351 2931
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