Thursday, August 2, 2012
Meet the Apprentice: Justin Rosengarten
He isn't absolutely convinced yet that bread is his ultimate calling (he has given some thought to being a furniture designer, a children's book designer or a pianist) and as he puts it, "I'll continue to dance until I find" but he has a pretty good idea that it might be it.
Even before meeting Gérard and deciding to apply to the apprenticeship program, he started on his own to learn what he could about bread: "Frankly I thought there was nothing to it".
He built an oven at one of his friends' house in Vermont: "I wanted to have this oven on my résumé." But he needed more exposure to bakery work.
His Vermont friend called Erik Andrus, the local baker, and asked him whether he might be open to have Justin come and watch him make bread. Erik, who owns Good Companion Bakery near Vergennes in Northern Vermont, invited Justin to come over and actually hired him to sell bread at the farmer's market.
On his free time, Justin decided to go visit other bakeries in Northern Vermont. He googled Vermont bakers, found Gérard Rubaud through this blog and the rest is history. When I met Justin, he was on the fourth day of his apprenticeship with Gérard.
Having since left the program for personal reasons, he no longer works at Gérard's. I wish him the best of luck. I am hoping he'll appear again on this blog, this time in the Meet the Baker series...