Baker Extraordinaire Recruited by Thomas Keller

Master baker Ben Hershberger of The Phoenician has gained such a following for his delectable artisan-like breads, he has been recruited by celebrated chef Thomas Keller.

Hershberger bakes daily for Il Terrazzo, Windows on the Green, in-room dining, and the banquet department at the resort, and also sells every Saturday at Scottsdale’s Old Town Farmer’s Market.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Hershberger says, explaining that his new position starting in New York City will involve making bread for the famed French Laundry chef’s Big Apple properties, Per Se, and Bouchon Bakery. He begins his new gig in March.

Hershberger will leave a huge fan base of local food fanatics who flock to the farmers market to buy his freshly baked loaves every week. This coming weekend, he will be taking bread orders for the following Saturday, which may be his last.

Via: Phoenix New Times