Visit North Carolina’s La Farm Bakery and you’ll discover a Master Baker who’s risen as one of the highest quality bread producers in America, Lionel Vatinet. Thanks to his depth of knowledge – from growing and milling to fermentation and baking – Lionel Vatinet has been one of the foremost forces in American artisanal bread baking for the past 25 years, traveling the world teaching as a consultant to well-known bread brands, and finally opening La Farm Bakery in 1999.
Vatinet’s passion for bread was first nurtured when he joined France’s prestigious artisans’ guild, Les Compagnons du Devoir, at age 16. After apprenticing with European bakers, and forming lifelong friendships with other Compagnons such as Eric Kayser, Vatinet emerged 7 years later with hard-earned title of Maitre Boulanger (Master Baker), pledging to devote his life to teaching, sharing and preserving the ancient art and science of bread baking.
Vatinet is the author of A Passion for Bread and is a James Beard Award Semi-finalist.