The story of The Spice Shop starts in 1990 when, whilst studying at University for an International Business degree, Birgit Erath needed to supplement her income. Starting as a weekend sideline with a spice stall on Portobello Road the business soon became her main occupation.
In 1995 on finishing her degree she found a local shop on the corner of Portobello Road and Blenheim Crescent. Within shouting distance of her original market stall the shop made an excellent base to grow the business.
Over the years her reputation as a spice trader grew, blending and mixing herbs and spices to her own recipes. Today, The Spice Shop offers a range of over 2,500 products and is the only shop of its type in the UK. Many chefs and famous TV cooks frequent the shop and draw upon Birgit's skills as a source of inspiration and recipe ideas.
As well as running the shop Birgit also teaches at Books for Cooks (opposite the shop) and advises major food corporations and manufacturers.
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