Sorry in advance for the rant.
I hate to say this and possibly anger folks in my first post, but I get where Bronwen is coming from. As much as I WISH I could legally bake from home, because I know I'd be sanitary and I know I could get great business, I know there are other people out there who just wouldn't
be. I am upset by how I feel it hinders me, personally, but understand that it's a greater good kind of thing and don't feel I could argue adequately for it in face of some of the outright ridiculous things people do in their home kitchens. Does it make me want to yell "This is why we can't have nice things!" at those people? Some days, you betcha.
I also happen to live in a state where the only legal option short of building your own kitchen is renting out a commercial kitchen from an "incubator kitchen" service. We have all of 2 businesses of that persuasion in my area, and I think one of them is closed. Kitchen sharing, illegal. I am relatively certain home add-ons are iffy as well, not that they're an option for me. It's made me want to rip my hair out.
The argument of bringing down prices overall is somewhat valid, but doesn't worry me quite as much. I have, frankly, never met a decorator who let those laws stop them from doing cakes out of their house. I've been very careful and always limited it to friends and family, and in a situation where it technically qualified as personal gifting. I have been more careful than most, I'd say. In fact, in my experience the knowledge their cake businesses aren't legal is part of what makes home bakers price their cakes far lower than others. I think, in a weird way, being a legal and acknowledged business would make home decorators charge MORE, and not necessarily make that much more cake than when it wasn't legal.
Bronwen is a wonderful lady, and I've seen some pretty harsh low blows in this whole argument that made me hurt for her. I truly don't think her intent was ever to cut off someone's path to success.