Zak Stern, better known as Zak the Baker, is — as the eponymous business suggests — a baker. Based in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Zak makes some of the city’s favorite breads and other baked goods (along with one of Mike’s favorite egg salads). He fell in love with baking even after having initially rejected it as a career path (he pursued a life in cheese first, spending time on a goat farm in Israel). He started his business in Miami baking in a used oven in a friend’s garage and selling his bread at farmer’s markets until he opened Zak The Baker in Wynwood in 2014. In the years since, he’s earned James Beard semifinalist nods, been written up by The New York Times, and dabbled in TV. Most importantly, for purposes of this podcast, Zak led a “bread revolution” in Miami (as Mike puts it).
Zak Stern (Zak the Baker) on Pan Con Podcast
In this episode of Pan Con Podcast, Mike and Zak get into Zak’s origin story, his perspectives on entrepreneurship, his time living on a sailboat, and his appreciation of Saabs and chongas. Zak was also generous enough to provide musical accents to the conversation, which we have enhanced in post production through a little editing magic.
Awards & Press
- James Beard Award