Food For Thought

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  • 16 October 2008
Falko Burkert

Falko Burkert

Master bread-maker

My eating habits are the worst you can imagine. I often begin my day at 2am when I start making bread. I’ll grab a five-minute break for a coffee and one of the brezel (pretzels) we make. I have a sort-of breakfast at 9am – seven hours after I got up – coffee and a croissant. I then drive a van with the cakes from our Edinburgh shop out to the Gullane café. I get my lunch when I’m back in Edinburgh around 3 o’clock. I’ll just eat whatever I can find – it’s that strange feeling of being hungry but not knowing what you want. Bruntsfield has some nice food shops so I might get to Clarks for some cheese. I’ll use my own bread, of course – my favourite is Kommissbrot, which uses a sourdough starter that’s been going for 100 years. Dinner is the only proper meal I eat, and I’ll always cook it myself. It’s my pleasure time. We have a great fishmonger in Bruntsfield. I’ll have a glass of wine with my meal and I’ll get to bed at 10.30 or 11pm.

Falko Konditormeister is opening a new café at 185 Bruntsfield Place in early November. Falko will also present some of his breads at Taste Workshops during the BBC Good Food Show at the SECC in Glasgow on 1 and 2 November (

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