At just 19 years old, Kitty Tait is an exceptional individual with multiple accomplishments. She is a mental health advocate, the owner of the renowned Orange Bakery in Watlington, and the author of the award-winning book, “Breadsong.”
Additionally, Kitty is the Founder of Kitty’s Kits, a not-for-profit organisation that teaches baking to schools, prisons, food hubs, and community groups.
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Kitty’s journey to success was not without challenges. Struggling with severe anxiety and depression, she left school at the age of 14, desperately seeking relief from the overwhelming thoughts and emotions that plagued her. One day, she discovered the therapeutic process of bread baking, and it became a transformative passion for her. Baking bread became a source of solace, and as her skills improved, so did her mental health.
Within eight months of baking her first loaf, Kitty launched a successful crowdfunding campaign and opened her bakery. A few years later, she penned her inspiring story in a book, which was published by Bloomsbury and went on to win the prestigious Fortnum and Mason cookbook award. The impact of her story has been so significant that it is now being adapted into a movie.
CBS News described Kitty’s story as quirky, inspirational, and uplifting, capturing the essence of her remarkable journey of personal growth and success. Her dedication to mental health advocacy and her passion for baking have made her an influential and admired figure in her community and beyond.