Mentoring Bakers: Developing a North American Baker Exchange Program to Foster Growth and Expand Product Lines
Jeffrey Hamelman will lead a discussion on the topic of developing an exchange program consisting of about two dozen bakeries, each sending and receiving bakers to and from other bakeries for short term stages. The goals are to elevate the skills of the visiting bakers, further the camaraderie among bakers, and “cross pollinate” bakeries with new ideas, new products, new insights and inspirations. Anyone can attend the discussion, and it’s hoped that bakery owners, managers and bakers at all levels will be in attendance.
Jeffrey began baking professionally at 6AM Wednesday, September 1, 1976 and it has been his livelihood ever since. He has baked and taught in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa. In 1998 he became the 76th Certified Master Baker in the U.S. Hamelman is the author of Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes.