Wanting to learn from professionals (and willing to work!)
I am new to this forum and new to this area, Portland, OR. Fortunately, according to Peter Reinhart, Portland is "one of the 3 best bread cities in the country". Anyone know what the other 2 are? Anyway, for the past 6 months or so I have been overcome with passion for breadbaking and so find this forum very useful and inspiring.
It all began for me with Mark Bittman/Jim Leahy's "Speedy No-Knead Bread" recipe; following their instructions I produced my first wow loaf. Since then I've decided that the bread I like best is from wild yeast starters and whole grain, so I've been experimenting. I can't get my photos to upload yet (pixel dimensions too large), sorry.
While I am living in Portland and looking for land to start my own farm, I am pursuing this new found interest in bread baking, and am trying to get a job at a bakery. Thing is, I don't have any professional experience! Any ideas of places to seek employment where I can learn the craft if I'm willing to work hard? Thanks.