Sourdough Apprenticeship in Australia?

Hello amazing bread bakers!

I'm Helen from New Zealand. I'm fairly new to your wonderful website. I've been baking my own busy-woman's-sourdough at home for the last 3 years because I can't bear eating supermarket bread. Recently I threw in my real job because I was not enjoying myself. And now, after travelling around Europe, I've decided I want to be a sourdough bread baker on a commercial scale - to supply my local community. I figure the best way to learn, is to learn by doing. I've been trawling through the internet to find an apprenticeship scheme, but to no avail.

So I pose this question to the sourdough companion bakeries in Australia:

"Is there anyone who is willing to take on a keen apprentice?".

OR do you know of a sourdough baker who is willing to take on a keen apprentice?

I have ideas of what I would like to get out of the apprenticeship, so you can get back to me and we can perhaps e-mail, and see if we're a match :)

Best wishes to all,

Helen

P.S. Busy-womans-sourdough is not any particular recipe, just what ever came out at the end given the time constraints of my busy single persons life!

 

2 comments

Have you worked in the food or manufacturing type industry?

 

There is a vast difference between 1-2 kg of dough in a mix and several hundred Kg of dough in a mix.

 

It can be hot, heavy and dirty work that often has antisocial hours.

 

Making the same thing most days can also take a certain temperament.

hi helen,

 

where in NZ are you? i live in wellington and operate a small sourdough bread operation. i bake between 30 and 60 loaves and deliver them to peoples homes around the city.

i spend sometime mixing and shaping dough on friday afternoon then im up again at 2am firing the oven, with bread baked by 630 and im out the door at 7 to deliver.

i rent a space, using their mixer and the wood fired oven at a local pizza restaurant.

each week there is a chance to teach volunteers some of the process. (starting with shaping and handling)

but i am looking for someone who is interested and committed enough to learn the whole process.

If this sounds like something you'd like to have a chat about, just give me a call or an email.

 

james

community bread

wellington

rusticbigbird@hotmail.com

0221906887 (not available until 6th feb 2013)