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,


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!



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.



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