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There are eight or nine outdoor bake ovens in Toronto, only a few of which are used regularly throughout the year. The goal of the guest baker project is to learn what assets and challenges each oven has. A baker visits and bakes with the oven, often at a community event where the bread gets served. The process of arranging an occasion and actually baking unfolds characteristics of the oven, logistics of baking, and politics that surround it. We hope that these findings are useful for the future use of ovens as well as the building of one.
The first guest gig was on Dec.4 at Riverdale Farm, for their annual "Home for the Holidays" event. Yo was the baking assistant to Jeff Connell, and there was a preparatory meeting at Jeff's new restaurant, The Woodlot. Find out about Yo's experiences at the links below, and stay tuned for new entries as she visits more ovens.