One thing you should know about Vic is: she loves a good coffee. She can’t start the day without one. And once she’s onto a good thing - she sticks to it. So she’s incredibly fortunate to have Berkelo at the top of her street - a quick walk from her home.
Berkelo, is the much-loved baby of chef Tom Eadie, a former chef-turned-obsessive-baker. He has surrounded himself with the most wonderful team. Everyone you meet at Berkelo has the utmost love and passion for what they do.
“Some days I almost can’t go in there. The smell of bread, pastry and Gruyère is almost too much. It’s like a big bakery cuddle. It just warms the cockles,” said Vic.
A few weeks ago we had a lovely morning taking over the Mosman cafe to photograph a small part of the Irving & Powell collection. The team, Laura, Franck, Viv and Cherylin, were up for modelling some of the pieces, which made it a perfect celebration of Vic’s love for her favourite local: Irving & Powell and Berkelo.
There was such a lovely buzz in the air as the team worked away (we interrupted the busiest part of their day - and there was not an air of stress at all - they were so relaxed about it all. Probably why Vic loves going there so much).
Everyone at Irving & Powell knows about Vic’s obsession with Berkelo’s to-die for Jalapeno bread.
How does she like to eat it? With Andy Hearnden’s Roast Chicken Salad - of course with a little Vic twist! Perfect for easy summer lunches - this salad and bread combo is fabulously moreish - of course it wouldn’t be fair if we didn't share....
Berkelo has four locations in Sydney's Northern Beaches: Brookvale, Manly, Mona Vale and Mosman. And a soon to be seasonal garden eatery serving simple food and drinks in Terrey Hills. You can follow the new ventures journey here.