Quote Unquote – Birgit Gunz, Managing Director, Frankonia Bakery

GT – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

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Our clientele, which ranges from 5 star hotels to gentleman clubs and leading department stores.

GT – Who’s inspired you most in your career?

My father by a mile – he taught me everything that made me successful.

GT – If you were an item in a supermarket, what would you be?

The most expensive bottle of champagne.

GT – If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

I would not stress as much. Getting stressed really weakens one’s health.

GT – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

I bumped into a client I hadn’t seen in ages and asked him if he still had 3 girlfriends not realising he was with his wife that night. I nearly died!

GT – Who or what makes you laugh?

My friends and above all my partner Mr D.

GT – Do you have any hidden talents?

I am quite good with a shotgun, so if you are a clay beware. Birds I let live. I don’t like killing.

GT – Who would be your favourite party guest?

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HM The Queen.

GT – What is the greatest luxury in your life?

To be my own boss.

GT – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Cream and cakes.

GT – Do you have any secret ambitions?

Yes and I am keeping them secret.

GT – What’s your dream holiday destination?

Antarctic.

GT – What are your three favourite movies of all time?

Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, Kelly’s Heroes and Goldfinger.

GT – What is your favourite book of all time?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

GT – What’s your favourite pastime?

Horticulture and gardening.

GT – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Give the bakery to my staff, share my winnings with some charities and travel around the world.

GT – What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into this industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

Grow a thick skin, be prepared to work long hours and train with the best and make sure you never have to be told anything twice.

Frankonia Bakery

Frankonia Bakery, established in 1998 produces a wonderful range of artisan bread and pastries for a 5 star clientele, in London and across the UK 365 days a year and offers a tailor made service to its clients who appreciate the support and reliability greatly.

www.frankonia.co.uk