Profiles
Derrick Pho is a nuclear physicist of chocolate. He builds an exquisite bomb based on molecular science whereupon the atom splits in your belly, detonating a distinct sense of euphoria.
At first glance, the connection between baked goods and criminology seems to be limited to those old tales of cakes with lock-picking files being smuggled into prison. Then came along Nathalie Kaspy-Shtern – a criminologist turned chef turned baker turned successful entrepreneur – this Montreal-based business-owner personifies today’s culinary innovator.
Sometimes, all it takes is one cup of coffee to change your life.
Toronto — Butternut Baking is newly opened and serving paleo desserts, meaning they are free of grains and cane sugar. Many are also dairy-free or vegan. The Toronto Star reports. |READ MORE
Ellie Voortman was a critical force in turning a small 'country kitchen' into factory-size Oakrun Bakery. Here is a nod to her legacy written by Daniel Nolan for the Hamilton Spectator. |READ MORE
Parry Sound, ON — Meet two bakeries in the Muskoka cottage area of Ontario who are tackling modern challenges with small town charm. |READ MORE
Some successful bakeries discover their winning formula early and manage to keep it through decades of time. KUB Bakery in Winnipeg is one such place.
Notte’s Bon Ton Bakery will soon mark its 85th year in business in Vancouver, B.C. Since first opening in 1933, it hasn’t always been in the same location, but as the decades have rolled on, it’s retained the same charming character and adherence to pastries, cakes and other desserts made in traditional, time-tested ways.
It was all hands on deck this past February 28 at Blak’s Bakery. The regular staff of about 10 was bumped up to 40 that day, also known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday.
You can be the most talented baker or pastry chef the world has ever known, but if you don’t have the business sense and skills to back up your abilities in the kitchen, and you aren’t a lifelong learner keen to keep up with rapidly changing trends and tastes, you might never know success.
There are not so many people left who want to become a baker,” says Heiderose “Heidi” Claussing of the German Bakery in Port Annapolis, N.S. Claussing would know: She is a third-generation baker and co-owner of the bakery. Her husband, Dieter Claussing, is a Red Seal certified baker and master baker.
Satin Ice’s Artists of Excellence are elite cake artists from around the world who are all dedicated to their craft. Projecting exceptional talent, inventiveness with each creation and a strong passion for the Satin Ice brand, an Artist of Excellence embodies the true spirit of the cake decorating community and is an inspiration to cake artists all over the world.
As a-ha moments go, the one that conceived Junior’s Handmade Sourdough Pizza in Bowmanville, Ont., was a quiet but significant one. It came when, after years of working in the restaurant industry, Jade Chaput and husband Victor Hanc Jr. planned to get into the pizza business.
Since before the time of confederation in Canada, the brick oven at Culbert’s Bakery in Goderich, Ont., has been turning out tasty treats to its loyal customers: a mix of tourists and seniors who’ve grown up with the bakery.  
In late September, Hamilton, Ont. bakery owners Josie Rudderham and Nicole Miller received news they had won the top $100,000 prize in a nation-wide Small Business Challenge, a competition sponsored by Telus and The Globe and Mail. The Challenge accepted over 3,400 entries and narrowed the field to five semi-finalists, and it was Cake & Loaf Bakery who rose to the top.
Tune into the chatter of bakers on social media and one thing becomes clear; whole-grain baking is hot. In her book Flavor Flours, celebrated baker Alice Medrich is using sorghum and teff, and Dan Lepard is encouraging his weekly Guardian readers to mill their own flour from whole grains. It appears that one of the happy outcomes of the search for wheat substitutes is the discovery of new flavour frontiers in baking.
In April 2014, when chef Sandra Katsiou opened the doors to her small shop on St. Clair Avenue West in Toronto it was going to be an extension of her existing cooking and catering business. She knew her popular scones would be a good calling card—a nice nibble for customers waiting for their meal orders—but word in the neighbourhood quickly spread. On the first weekend, people were lined up out the door and down the block—the scones were a hit. Overwhelmed, Katsiou went into the back of the shop and cried. “That’s when everything changed,” she says.
Thinking back to the early struggles of selling his vision for an industrial artisan bread factory to investors, Michel Saillant fondly remembers encouraging words he received from his mother: “Don’t give up,” she told him, “You’re so right for this project.” And now, over a decade later, his vision has become reality, and Boulart, the Montreal-based bread wholesaler, is achieving annual sales of over $50 million.
The butter tart is a Canadian classic, from school bake sales to family gatherings coast-to-coast, we’ve all grown up knowing the gooey sugary goodness inside that crumbly pastry shell. Focused on rekindling memories of the best home made tart experiences, Darlene Carlton, co-owner of Beverley’s Bakers in Stouffville, Ont., has one clear objective for her business: “I want to be number one for handmade homestyle butter tarts.”
Upon first meeting, Joanna Schultz’s high-energy and fun-loving nature is infectious, but when the discussion turns to business, her focus is serious and it becomes clear she’s relentless in achieving her goals.
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