The Konditor Story

While London is waking, we're baking. And Quietly unlocking the doors to our shops across London, getting ready for another caketastic day. But our story starts with a little boy in Germany...

Gerhard Jenne

A very personal history

Gerhard Jenne grew up in Freiburg, Germany, licking the bowls and spoons after his mum had made her delicious Apfelkuchen. She must have been a fantastic cook because he was later inspired to train as a konditor, or pastry chef, in Munich. That’s where he developed a taste – and a knack – for fine and indulgent cakes.

After qualifying, Gerhard moved to London and began working for society grocer and baker Justin de Blank, one of the pioneers of the foodie revolution. Here, Gerhard made a name for himself creating cakes for the rich and famous, including Tina Turner and the Rolling Stones.

A business is born

In 1993, Gerhard came across a small bakery for sale on the corner of Cornwall Road in Waterloo – and so began Konditor & Cook. That shop is still going strong more than 25 years later, and we’ve added a string of others from Goodge Street in the West End to Spitalfields in East London, and Gray’s Inn Road in Bloomsbury to Borough Market south of the river.

After 25 years of spreading joy through cake, London’s favourite cake shop, Konditor & Cook is saying goodbye to Cook & its infamous sausage rolls & other savoury delights to focus on staying true to its cake baking heritage as it looks to the future. Specialising in spreading joy through cake, the much loved Kondior & Cook will simply be referred to as Konditor. It will continue to serve London with exceptional, handmade and delicious cakes.

Konditor meaning baker in German aligns the company perfectly to its mission; to spread joy through cake. With an authentic new logo written by founder Gerhard’s fair hand.

A well-deserved reputation

Our cakes are hand-made, and they’re as delicious as they are beautiful. We put our heart and soul into choosing superb ingredients which are tastier and better for both you and our planet. We’re also a bit obsessive about attention to detail, whether that’s piping the most beautiful wedding cake or serving a gorgeous cup of coffee.

"Konditor & Cook make the sort of cakes you’d bake yourself if only you had the time, energy or inclination"

Nigella Lawson, Vogue