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The Johnson & Wales University International Symposium on Bread, presented by Puratos, has become the preeminent gathering of global thought leaders in the bread industry. This year’s symposium, On the Rise IV, The Future of Bread, will take advantage of new technology in order to present a virtual symposium series featuring the biggest names and newest ideas in the world of bread baking!

The Symposium will offer a new presentation every Monday, starting May 17th and running through October 25th. As always, we will continue to explore the issues and opportunities facing the future of bread, but this year we’ll do so through a dynamic new lens: “Disruption and the Disruptors.” That’s right, this year’s virtual gathering will highlight individuals and companies that have helped change the game. From technique to technology, we’ll look at how their contributions have altered the present and future of bread.

In addition to the Monday formal presentations, we are also offering a new track called “Bake Like a Pro.” on specific Wednesdays. These will be live demonstration sessions by well-known baking luminaries on various techniques and products, aimed at both the professional and the bread enthusiast community. These demonstrations will be both educational and entertaining, from some of the world's greatest bakers and chefs.




All Presentations start at 4:00PM EDT

May 17 Darrell Varga

Documentary filmaker Darrell Varga presents a private viewing of his new film "Bread in the Bones"

May 24 Apollonia Poilane with Kim Severson

A conversaiton with visionary baker Apollonia Poilane with New York Times writer Kim Severson

May 26 Graison Gill

A baking demonstration by award-winning baker Graison Gill of what he calls a Diaspora Baguette featuring heirloom hominy grits, wood-fired cane syrup, and other ingredients unique to the Deep South.

May 31 Karl de Smedt, The Future of Bread Lies in Its Past

Karl de Smedt takes us on a tour of the Puratos International Sourdough Library in St. Vith, Belgium

Jun 07 Stephanie Swane

Publisher and Editorial Director Stephanie Swane will showcase over 20 top visionaries in the bread and pizza industries, from millers to cookbook authors to bakers, as well as give you an inside look at the Modernist Cuisine kitchen and crew.

Jun 09 Nicky Giusto

A baking demonstration by Nicky Giusto, Captain of Team USA 2016 Coupe du Monde du Boulangerie.

Jun 14 Michael Ganzle

Professor Michael Ganzle on the science of sourdough starters.

Jun 16 Avery Ruzicka

Transitioning a recipe from conventional sifted flour to freshly milled whole grain; how to adjust your soon-to-be former favorites for texture, fermentation and flavor.

Jun 21 Patricia Kennedy & Sebastian Wessels

Patricia Kennedy & Sebastian Wessels on the future of baking technology.

Jun 23 Edan Leshnick

Chocolate babka is like the holy grail — the search for the best version of it can become an obsession and a matter of fierce opinion. Eden Leshnick, baking manager at Breads Bakery in NYC, will show us how he makes the loaf that has been cited in New York Magazine and many other polls as the best version of Chocolate Babka anywhere.

Jun 28 Stephen Bloom

Stephen Bloom on the past, present, and future of Thermal Oil Technology - Back to the Future of Baking.

Jun 30 Daisy Chow

Daisy Chow: Making destination-worthy croissants with high extraction, local flours.

Jul 05 Chef Frank Murphy and the Blazing Bulldog (FireWithin)

Chef Frank Murphy and the Blazing Bulldog Oven, transformation through the power of fire.

Jul 07 Chef Shai Fargian

Chef Fargian will demonstrate how to make Khachapuri, a traditional Georgian pizza-like cheese bread, on a Big Green Egg charcoal grill

Jul 12 Mission to Mars, Serge Ameye

Serge Ameye, The Mission to Mars Baking Project, a progress report.

Jul 14 Michael Kalanty

Michael Kalanty: Prebiotic Bread for improved gut health -- how to make it happen and make it taste great!

Jul 19 Rob Dunn

Dr. Rob Dunn: Recently discovered wild yeast from insects; the implications for bread baking.

Jul 21 Roxana Jullapat

Roxana Jullapat: A demo tribute and reimagining of the classic Finnish Ring Rye Bread.

Jul 26 Erin McKenney

Dr.Erin McKenney: New findings from the Citizen Science Sourdough Project.

Aug 02 Daniel Leader, Bread Alone

Daniel Leader, founder of Bread Alone Bakery: From Craft to Scale, a Sustainable Approach.

Aug 04 Karl Worley

Karl Worley, "The Biscuit King:" How to make yeasted Angel Biscuits.

Aug 09 Douglas Michael

Douglas Michael: Baking with sprouted grain, a business model.

Aug 11 Richard Miscovich

Richard Miscovich, demonstration: Baking with sprouted grain flour.

Aug 16 John Unrein and panel

The Future of Bread Baking Education: John Unrein, Mitch Stamm, Christine Cochran and Karen Bornarth

Aug 18 Harry Peemoeller, Demonstration

Harry Peemoeller, demonstration: Baking with Freshly Milled Flour

Aug 23 Charles Luce

Charles Luce: The Past, Present, and Future of Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Baking

Aug 25 Alon Shaya

Chef Alon Shaya, demonstration: Baking Bread on an Outdoor Grill

Aug 30 Guy Frenkel, Bread Couture

Guy Frenkel: "Bread Couture; Stretching the Limits of Artisan Bread."

Sep 01 Guy Frenkel, Stenciling

Guy Frenkel, demonstration: Creative Stenciling on Breads

Sep 06 Sourdough Culture

Presented by Eric Pallant

Sep 08 Grains: Good for You and Good for the Planet

Join Michael Gleason from Puratos and Daniel Kurzrock from ReGrain to see how their companies are making grains good for you and good for the planet.

Sep 13 Marc Vetri, Claire Kopp McWilliams, and David Joachim: Why Bolted Flour is a Game Changer

James Beard Award winner, Chef Marc Vetri, Claire Kopp McWilliams, and David Joachim: Mastering Bread Using Bolted Flour

Sep 15 Patricia Kennedy, Dividing Equipment of the Future

Dividing dough accurately is tricky but it's key to profitably and credibility. Here's what future technology has in store for this part of the operation.

Sep 20 Teri Culletto

Teri Culletto demonstration: How to Make a Focaccia Garden

Sep 22 Nancy Silverton

A conversation with Nancy Silverton on the future of bread.

Sep 27 The Missing Mix in Baking with Toni Tipton-Martin and panel

A panel discussion on expanding the baking community for diversity, equity, inclusion with Toni Tipton Martin, Erika Council and Adrian Lipscombe

Sep 29 Altamura Bread

Understanding and Making this Legendary Bread, with Fred Danser

Oct 04 Nathan Myhrvold

Nathan Myhrvold: Modernist Pizza

Oct 06 Peter Yuen

Peter Yuen demonstration: The Yuen Numbering System for Laminated Dough

Oct 11 Jonathan Deutsch and Rebecca Etter

Jonathan Deutsch and Rebecca Etter: Innovative Options for Leftover Bread and Dough

Oct 13 Richard Coppedge

Richard Coppedge, Gluten-Free Baking: New Techniques for a New Time.

Oct 18 Josh Allen

Josh Allen: How Saving Waste Impacts the Bottom Line

Oct 25 Dave Dahl

Dave Dahl: Dave's Killer Breads, a Story of Transformation and Redemption through Bread





As in years past, this year’s symposium has attracted top talent from several continents, including
a number of world-renowned baking experts. Their presentations will challenge and inspire every level of
bread enthusiast, whether you’re a professional bread maker or just want to bake like one.

Apollonia Poilane, CEO and driving force behind France’s renowned Poilane Bakery, a third-generation family business recognized as a national treasure.

Dave Dahl is the founder of Dave’s Killer Breads and the visionary behind one of the most inspirational bread success stories of our time.

Nancy Silverton, a national culinary treasure, the James Beard award-winning chef and visionary founder of LaBrea Breads, shares her views on the future of bread in a conversation with Peter Reinhart.

Daniel Leader,founder of Bread Alone Bakery, author of three James Beard and IACP winning cookbooks and an icon of the artisan bread movement.

Nathan Myhrvold revolutionized the publishing world with his encyclopedic collections: Modernist Cuisine, Modernist Bread and now Modernist Pizza.

Marc Vetri, Claire Kopp McWilliams, and David Joachim made breakthrough discoveries using bolted, high extraction regional flours in their restaurants and bakeries, as described in their new book, Mastering Bread.

John Unrein (and the educators panel) Bread educators Mitch Stamm, Karen Bornarth, Christine Cochran on the future of bread education for the next generation of bakers.

Toni Tipton Martin is a two-time James Beard award-winning journalist, Book of the Year author, editor-in-chief of Cooks' Country, and a sought-after featured speaker at conferences and festivals around the world on the importance of African American heritage on food and culture.

Adrian Lipscombe, is the owner of Uptowne Café, located in the Northside of La Crosse, WI, that is a catalyst of urban change. Adrian draws her inspiration and storytelling through experiences from life, and from African American culinary history, to tell the story of African American influence in our food culture today.

Erika Council is the charismatic food writer, recipe developer, and photographer behind the popular website, Southern Soufflé, a brilliantly southern focused epic, with tales of food, love, and freedom. Erika has become a fixture in the southern culinary world with her popular Bomb Biscuit Company. in Atlanta, GA. Her grandmother, Mildred (Mama Dip) Council, is a southern cooking icon, award-winning cookbook author, and founder of the famous Mama Dip’s Kitchen Restaurant, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Karl DeSmedt is the curator of the Puratos International Sourdough Library in St. Vith, Belgium. He has traveled the world in search of multi-generational sourdough starters, archiving over 125 of them at the library, while keeping them fed and healthy for analysis, shedding light on what them similar as well as different, and determining which micro=organisms contribute to the best flavors.

Serge Ameye helped grow a leading company in the bakery sector from €5M to €1B in revenues, before embarking on his latest project, “The International Mission to Mars Space Bakery Project”

Darrell Varga is a film maker and teacher, celebrated for his thoughtful portrayal of the artisan bread movement in his newlyreleased film “Bread in the Bones.”

Rob Dunn, who heads the Rob Dunn Lab at North Carolina State University, is a driving force behind the Global Sourdough Project and other initiatives, where the study of wild yeast, bacteria, and other organisms promotes a better understanding of the many variables that effect sourdough starters.

Patricia Kennedy and Sebastian Wessels of the WP Kemper Bakery Group are recognized authorities on the evolution, application, and future of technology in the bread industry.

Erin McKenney is a microbial ecologist at North Carolina State University who led the Global Sourdough Project and several other efforts to engage the public in studying sourdough starters.

Stephen Bloom of Allied Bakery Equipment, is an expert on technology solutions for baking, especially the application of thermal mass and thermal oil baking systems, and their implications for the future of baking.

Edan Leshnick Edan will demonstrate how to make his chocolate babka from Breads Bakery, that was chosen by New York Magazine as the Best Babka in NYC (which also means it's probably the best chocolate babka in the world).

Josh Allen is the owner of Companion Baking and is also known for his discoveries and application of waste reduction practices in baking that can impact the bottom line.

Guy Frenkel is an internet bread legend (aka CEOR) known for pushing the boundaries of bread by challenging conventional hypotheses and championing provocative ideas.

Peter Yuen, world renowned and award winning expert on Viennoiserie and lamination, and developer of the often imitated Yuen Numbering System for laminated dough.

Alon Shaya, The James Beard award winning chef, will demonstrate how to make his signature pita bread and “arayes” on an outdoor grill.

Harry Peemoeller,International Baking Champion and lead bread instructor at theJohnson & Wales University’s Charlotte campus, demonstrates how to make various breads using freshly milled whole grain flour.

Jonathan Deutsch and Rebecca Etter of Drexel Food Innovation Lab and Grupo Bimbo, respectively, are leading experts in sustainability as well as repurposing and reducing food waste.

Author/Chef Richard Miscovich,Department Chair of the Johnson & Wales Providence Baking and Pastry Department, demonstrates how to make breads using various sprouted grain flours.

Nicky Giusto, former captain of the world cup (Coupe du Monde) Team USA bread team, will demonstrate his signature “focaccia slab with sprouted grain mash.”

Karl Worley is the founder of Biscuit Love (Nashville) and is also known as “The Biscuit King” by his adoring fans, who swear by his signature Angel Biscuits and would love to know how he makes them.

Stephanie Swane is one of the most influential publishers in the food world, and has met with dozens of the leading innovators and disruptors in the bread community, including the new game-changing generation of women bakers. Her contributions include the multivolume Modernist Bread and the soon to be released, Modernist Pizza.

Charles Luce turned a diagnosis of celiac disease into a quest that’s made him a leading recipe developer, consultant, and authority on gluten-free and allergen-free baking.

Douglas Michael is the owner of Columbia County Bread and Granola Company and a recognized thought leader and innovator in the field of baking with living, sprouted grains.

Graison Gill A baking demonstration by award-winning baker Graison Gill of what he calls a Diaspora Baguette featuring heirloom hominy grits, wood-fired cane syrup, and other ingredients unique to the Deep South.

Avery Ruzicka, co-owner and head baker at the award winning Manresa Bread, will demonstrate how to replace conventional bread flour with freshly milled whole grain flour to make a unique Sourdough Country French loaf.

Chef and Educator Frank Murphy shares his story of the transformation of previously troubled and aimless students through the power of fire and The Blazing Bulldog Oven, at North Bend High School in Oregon.

Michael Kalanty, author and beloved San Francisco (and international) baking teacher for over 30 years, is also a certified tasting expert (he presented about articulating a new vocabulary for enhancing the tasting experience related to bread, at our inaugural Symposium in 2017). He is also on a lifelong quest for bringing together the worlds of flavor and nutrition as he develops new bread formulas.

Daisy Chow is the owner and head baker at Breadboard Bakery in Arlington, MA, which opened in late November 2019 with a focus on whole-grain breads and pastries, including the use of high extraction and bolted flours in innovative ways.

Roxana Jullapat is one of the most influential, rising star bakers in America. Her bakery in Los Angeles, Friends & Family, and her recent book, Mother Grains: Recipes for the Grain Revolution, have made her a sought-after speaker and important voice for the next-generation baking community.

Dr. Michael Ganzle’,of the University of Alberta, will explain how flavors and properties of sourdough starters are determined and influenced by choices that are both within and not within our control.

Home baker and teacher Teri Culletto,one of the inspirational leaders of the Focaccia Garden Movement, demonstrates how to make your own focaccia garden in a home oven.

Bruce Gingrich, baking technology expert, gives us a glimpse into the next generation of dough dividing accuracy.

Richard Coppedge is affectionately referred to as the Bread God at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, where he has been teaching bread and food science for 30 years. In addition to traditional breads, he is also an expert in gluten-free and allergen-free baking and has written the classic book on the subject, Gluten-Free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America.


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