07.06.2022

Leah Harkess


Leah Harkess is the founder of the gluten-free bakery business, Norah’s Brownies. Norah’s Brownies was re-branded to ‘Norlah’s’ to reflect her full bakery range during her successful 8 weeks of food challenges on Gordon Ramsay’s major BBC series ‘Future Food Stars’.

When her daughter, Norah, was 6 months old she started up the gluten-free Brownie and cake business that was so successful she ended up leaving her teaching career behind. As a type 1 diabetic Leah is limited how much she can indulge her addiction to cakes and biscuits and chocolate so she experimented with a variety of ingredients, ratios and timings and found the perfect Brownie using only natural and unrefined ingredients.

All the bakes are hand-made, gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar free, with exciting flavours and toppings to give the brownies their signature look and taste. She has expanded the business over the years and now also makes Bronuts in all sorts of flavours, Afternoon Teas, Chocolate Cakes, Party Cakes, Picnic Boxes and has won two Great Taste Awards.

Leah lives in Hackney with her husband and two daughters, Lola and Norah. Her background is in fashion and visual merchandising before she switched careers to teach Textiles, Graphic Design & Business in Secondary schools. She soon became Head of Food teaching Catering and Food Science which reignited her passion for food. She also worked at the Cookery School in Little Portland Street before starting her own business.