BARNOLDSWICK-based stove manufacturers Esse have appointed a specialist pastry chef who trained at Michelin-starred restaurants.

Dominique Ashford will work on new product development and testing, perform cookery demonstrations and host cookery classes.

And she struck up a relationship with the firm after stopping for a coffee at its factory cafe when out cycling in the area.

She said: “I’m used to working with large capacity commercial ovens and when I saw the quality of the cakes and loaves emerging from these amazing ovens, I had to find out more about them.”

Dominique was head pastry chef at the Houses of Parliament and trained at Michelin-starred Roux Brothers restaurants.