Bread: The Best of Things and the Worst of Things


Vanessa Kimbell
The Sourdough School, Owner & Author

Vanessa Kimbell runs The Sourdough School in Northamptonshire. She is a sourdough baker who specialises in the relationship between fermentation, the gut microbiome and health. 

She began baking sourdough as a young girl working in the village bakery in South West France age 11 and is known for her specialist knowledge and understanding of the nutrition and digestibility of bread. Day to day Vanessa teaches a range of courses at the award-winning Sourdough School specialising in bread for health. Covering topics that include bread and mental health, blood sugar balance IBS & baking for individuals with wheat intolerance. 

The Digestion & Nutrition of Dread Diplomas that Vanessa teaches to health care professionals are accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners, and her courses were named in the top Three courses in the UK by the Times, Top 10 in the UK by the Telegraph and The Evening Standard. 

Vanessa is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and is acknowledged around the world as being "The Queen of Sourdough" - The Telegraph. 

Miguel Toribio-Mateas
The Sourdough School, Director of Research

Neuroscientist, researcher, nutritionist, communicator…Miguel is a multifaceted professional working to bridge the gap between research and practice. His professional interests span the fields of nutrition, biotechnology, microbiology and neuroscience. He has been able to bring these together while working as a Research Fellow at the School of Applied Sciences of London South Bank University. Miguel is the lead investigator in clinical trials looking to further develop our understanding of the relationship between food, gut bacteria and mental well-being.

He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Atlas Biomed and the Principal Investigator in a series of patient-reported outcomes studies for the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT). Miguel is well known as an international public speaker, popular for his depth of knowledge, engaging and unique style of presentation, and his ability to reach a wide audience.