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August 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Have fun with lye! Join Craig Ponsford and Pablo Puluke Giet for a three hour foray into making pretzels by hand. Learn two doughs and multiple different shaping techniques for both Traditional Pretzels and Whole Grain Pretzels. You will go home with freshly baked pretzels as well as dough to prepare at home.
– Hand mix pretzel dough
– In depth hands-on shaping instruction
– Baking and Scoring
– Explore baking pretzels at home
– Discuss other uses for this dough
CRAIG PONSFORD graduated from the California Culinary Academy with top honors and opened Artisan Bakers with his family in Sonoma California in 1992. In 1996 his breads won the Gold medal at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie in Paris. He then went on to coach the US Team to victory in 1999. He has coached each U.S. team since and served as U.S. judge at the 2002 and 2005 Coupe du Monde and 2007 Louis LeSaffe Cup held in Argentina. He currently is an instructor at the Artisan Baking Center in Petaluma, California and has his own bakery/innovation center, Ponsford’s Place, in his home town of San Rafael. Craig was an early member of the Bread Baker’s Guild of America and has volunteered as the guild’s chairman for the past eight years. In his teaching at various culinary institutions and in his international consulting for product development and systems optimization he emphasizes quality of ingredients, techniques and product.
PABLO PULUKE GIET began training at 15 years old in the German baking tradition. He graduated from the Master School of Baking in Munich to become a certified baker, followed by gaining experience at Bäckerei and Konditorei Reichherzer in Munich. He went on to run the production for a small bakery on the Big Island on Hawaii, then worked as head baker and production manager for Kenter Canyon Farms in Los Angeles. He currently does research and development in fresh milled whole grains for Mockmill. Pablo is a certified instructor to train pastry chefs and retail staff as well as bread bakers. Armed also with a business degree from the Business School of Munich, he has managed big accounts such as Mercedes, Red Bull and others for Germany’s leading accessory producer. He began his own company in 2017, Der Meisterbäcker, teaching classes, performing live baking demos and consulting for restaurants and bakeries around Europe.