Our people

Daily Bread was founded by Josh Helm, Patrick Welzenbach and Tom Hishon in 2018.

After opening their well-known café and restaurant Orphans Kitchen on Ponsonby Road little over ten years ago, the idea of our first Daily Bread was birthed after meeting Patrick back in 2017. 

From New Zealand, Tom is a chef by heart and has worked in the industry all over the world.
He's also at the helm of downtown restaurant, Kingi. He's passionate about sustainability and has a strong sense of building community by collaborating with non-profits and a number of local charities.

Prior to Daily Bread, Josh spent years slogging away as the front of house guy at Orphans Kitchen. He also has background and experience in winemaking around the world.
Our first store was opened in Point Chev (the former ASB bank) which had been vacant for some time, thanks to Josh's inspiration and keen eye. 

And Patrick, originally from Germany, relocated to New Zealand in 2015 (or thereabouts) with little more than a bag, his wife, and a 600-year-old sourdough (how it made it through customs is beyond us...)
The key to Daily Bread's success proved to be a 22 generation starter. Patrick is a skilled baker and is passionate about providing the best quality products possible, and this to this day is something that we are extremely proud of. 

Over 200 people make up the rest of our team, which includes our devoted, hard-working bakers and everyone from front of house to distributions.
It takes a village, but we are immensely proud of the contributions that each and every employee makes to the team. We're always expanding, so if you've ever wanted to be a part of the family, check out our careers page to see if there are any openings.