Hi, I am Ravi Muniandy – The Breadwinner! I was born and brought up in East London and worked there for a while before moving up to live with my parents in Reydon, Suffolk. I have Asperger's Syndrome, which is a form of autism, and finding a job I could really enjoy was tricky so, to keep me occupied, I started baking bread for friends and family in January 2011. My uncle, John, was so impressed that he gave me £100.00 to buy some equipment and three months later, I joined The Real Bread Campaign and set up The Breadwinner – from my parents' kitchen initially and then moving into my newly converted bakehouse (it had been the garage in our back garden!) in April 2012.
Me and Asperger's Syndrome
I was diagnosed with Asperger's when I was 28 years old although I have had it all my life: it is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how I communicate with others and how I make sense of the world around me (see The National Autistic Society for more detailed information www.autism.org.uk)
I have a lot of energy and I like working hard but I especially like having a set routine and working mainly on my own (Julie helps me when it's busy though and we get on really well). I have a lot of support from my family so they help me plan what to do and try and make sure I do it!
There are three main things you need to know:
- Although I often talk a lot, I don't always find it easy to listen and to focus on the important parts of a conversation
- Changes to my routine can be difficult but I usually get there in the end
- I sometimes get anxious about things but I am better at handling this than I used to be
How my customers can help:
- Explain what you want clearly and repeat the important bits at the end
- If possible, follow up with an email so I have your order in writing and I can make sure I understand what you want
- Give me as much notice as you can for orders and changes so I can adjust to what I need to do
- Please don't let any of this put you off asking me for things - if I cannot do something, I will tell you!
I want to get better at baking and getting feedback from you really helps – I especially like to know what is going well!
Read article: "Ravi uses his loaf to create new Reydon bakehouse." The Lowestoft Journal