Going from strength to strength since it opened in 2014, Waverley’s Wholegreen Bakery has drummed up a loyal following of customers thanks to their delicious bread, croissants, pastries and sweet treats being absolutely delicious. And 100% gluten-free. That’s right. No gluten anywhere. Not in the products, not in the store and certainly not in the oven. So no cross-contamination at all.
Although coeliac disease affects only 1% of the Australian population, the trials and tribulations of those seeking not only gluten-free alternatives but also tasty, scrumptious, mouth-watering substitutes are widely known. So trying and patience-testing is the search that nutritionist and mother Cherie Lyden decided enough was enough and set out to make her own.
Using less sugar and zero additives, as well as fresh, seasonal produce, Cherie Lyden’s drive to feed her daughter amazing and healthy food has led to an award-winning bakery and cafe in Waverley, an even bigger space in the CBD’s Alliance Francaise building on Clarence Street, and now a brand-new cafe in Alexandria. That’s on top of being available in select Harris Farm Markets and Woolworths Metro stores.
Who says love doesn’t conquer all?
From several varieties of bread to flaky and buttery croissants and Pain au Chocolat, it’s enough to make some people jump for joy and others cry.
There are tarts and cakes as well as savoury options for lunch, including sandwiches and slow-cooked beef and onion pies (among others). And then when you think you can’t have a beer to wash your food down, here comes Wholegreen to brighten your day with gluten-free beer and wine.
Wholegreen Bakery welcomes people of all dietary restrictions or those with none at all. They have to because since picking up gold in the 2019 Sydney Fine Food Awards for our lemon meringue tart, people have been flocking to the gluten-free bakery. But, that isn’t the only award they have won.
Fans of chocolate eclairs will know that in 2021 Wholegreen Bakery picked up the gold and champion pastry award for the delicious sweet treat before reclaiming the overall champion pastry award in 2022 for their pork and fennel sausage roll.
And in case there was any doubt, Wholegreen Bakery was going up against regular bakeries capitalising on the truly magical elasticity of gluten.