Lionel Vatinet

Visit North Carolina’s La Farm Bakery and you’ll discover a Master Baker who’s risen as one of the highest quality bead producers in America – Lionel Vatinet – recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a three-time semifinalist for “Outstanding Baker.” Thanks to his depth of knowledge – from growing and milling to fermentation and baking – Vatinet has been at the forefront of American artisanal bread baking for 25 years, traveling the world teaching as a consultant to well-known bread brands, and owning his own bread bakery - La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC - since 1999. In November 2013 Vatinet introduced his first artisan bread book, A PASSION FOR BREAD: LESSONS FROM A MASTER BAKER (Little, Brown & Co), sharing his techniques and teachings with home bakers everywhere, and in Summer 2017, expanded with a new production facility, established for the research and development of new breads using healthy, local and heirloom grains. In Fall 2017, Vatinet expanded again, opening a La Farm Bakery inside the new Whole Foods Market in Cary, NC. Lionel Vatinet has devoted his life to honoring the centuries-old tradition of producing artisanal breads, and delivering them from his hearth to yours.