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Spotlight on South African entrepreneurs: Knead’s Evan Faull

Spotlight on South African entrepreneurs: Knead’s Evan Faull

Knead Bakery is known throughout the country as a well-respected producer of artisanal fare, including breads, pastries and coffee. Their menu is understated, yet treats the palate to full flavours made from local ingredients wherever possible. 


Their breakfasts, burgers and salads aren’t just ordinary diner fare as their massive and loyal customer base proves. One third of the minds behind this bakery business is Capetonian, Evan Faull; baker turned local entrepreneur.


Faull comes from a long line of chefs and cooks. His grandmother started the acclaimed Silwood Cooking School and from there, his parents opened the famed Silwood Bakery. With his family full of culinary influence, Faull was taught from a young age the ins and outs of cooking and baking.


At age 19, Faull left for the UK and worked at a brasserie in Notting Hill, the fashionable suburb of London. For the next five years, he cooked his way around the world before returning to South Africa.


Around 2006, Faull realised that South Africans were missing out on the grand tradition of freshly baked breads that are favoured by Europeans and knew this was where his own baking journey would begin. The first Knead was founded at Wembley Square where people couldn’t resist the fresh breads on offer. Bread was just the start of Knead as its menu grew in size to accommodate coffee, eggs and bacon, burgers, pizzas and fresh juices.


Wanting to document the story of Knead, Faull wrote a cookbook called, Café Food At Home, ideal for anyone who loves unfussy yet creative food. Recipes include the “anytime sandwich,” breakfast pizzas and, naturally, how to bake your very own bread.


Knead has branches in Gauteng and Pretoria as well as being found everywhere in Cape Town from Sea Point to Claremont. Knead’s dedication to supporting local business where possible coupled with efficient service and traditional artisanal baking methods has culminated in a brand people love.


Interesting facts about this entrepreneur


  • Faull never wanted to be a baker.
  • He changed his tune when his father taught him how to bake buttermilk rye bread.
  • He has two bulldogs called Marvel and Leo.


Faull hopes to write more cookbooks detailing Knead’s culture and recipes in the hopes that they will inspire fans to get more creative and comfortable in the kitchen.


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