Meet Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary
James Beard Award semifinalist 2015 for outstanding baker, Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary in known as the Master behind America’s finest bread bakers, and a pioneer of American artisanal bread baking. Rather than propagate secrets, Vatinet’s life’s work has been to demystify bread baking for professional and home bakers. After apprenticing for seven years in the prestigious French guild, Les Compangnons du Devoir,Vatinet emerged with the celebrated and hard-earned title of Maitre Boulanger pledging to devote his life to teaching, sharing and preserving the ancient art and science of bread baking.
Vatinet, respected among professionals for his simple and result driven techniques, was the founding instructor of the San Francisco Baking Institute, and there trained many notable bakers, including those at La Brea, Acme, Zabar’s and Panera, consulted for bakeries here and abroad (in New Zealand, Europe, England, the Carribean and South America), and coached Team USA at France’s La Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, before opening his own bakery in 1999.