Julie Jones is a global Instagram star thanks to her carefully crafted, beautifully styled pies, tarts and bakes.
In 2008, Julie qualified as a chef and pastry chef and after an inspiring stage at the Fat Duck in Bray the following year, she dreamt of working within Michelin starred kitchens. However, in 2010, when Julie was a newly-wed with a second child on the way, her mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of dementia. A career involving long hours in high-pressure kitchens was not going to be possible, so Julie put things on hold to look after her family. While caring for her Mum, Julie started baking with her as a mutual form of therapy. She shared images of their baking days on Instagram and poured out her feelings to her growing number of followers. Soon, her eye-catching bakes and emotional outpourings were resonating with people across the world, gaining her a large, loyal fanbase.
Julie’s debut cookbook SOULFUL BAKER was published by Jacqui Small in 2017 with editions in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada and Germany.
Julie works tirelessly to raise awareness of dementia, highlighting the positive powers that baking has on its sufferers and raising money for dementia related charities. Her Instagram feed @julie_jonesuk entices and inspires home bakers to tap in to their creative side and turn their baking into an art form. In 2018 Julie was awarded the OFM award for Best Instagram Feed and her work has allowed her to team up with some of her idols, including Jamie Oliver. However, her proudest achievement is having been there for her Mum, Joyce Armstrong, who died in October 2019.
In November 2019 Julie appeared on ITV’s series Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear.
At home Julie continues to cook and bake daily, developing and writing recipes. In between family life, she runs a successful weekly supper club in Cumbria, her guests currently having to wait nine months to get a seat.
Her new book THE PASTRY SCHOOL will be published by Kyle Books in 2020.
Julie lives in Carlisle with her two sons.