The Fresh Loaf

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Wanting to learn from professionals (and willing to work!)

Katherine's picture

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.



Dcn Marty's picture
Dcn Marty

In this economic environment, with no experience, I'd suggest offering to work for free in exchange for learning the craft. Meanwhile, keep baking at home and reading. One book that may prove helpful is: "How Baking Works" by Paula Figoni. It's designed to learn from. Good Luck.

proth5's picture

I thought you would get a lot more responses, so I let this slip by...

One thing you might want to do is join the Bread Baker's Guild of America ( With membership comes access to "help wanted" ads, notification for Master Classes, and opportunities for guildhall gatherings where you might be able to make useful contacts.

Hope this helps.