Departures names world’s top 10 bakeries

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Six of the world’s top 10 bakeries, as named by Departures magazine, are located in the United States.

Departures, the American Express travel magazine, has unveiled the top 10 bakeries in the world, and six of them are located in the United States.

Vegan Treats, Bethlehem, Pa., was the only vegan bakery to make the list, which also includes: Tartine Bakery, San Francisco; Mindy’s HotChocolate, Chicago; Demel, Vienna, Austria; Sullivan Street Bakery, New York; Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki, Tokyo; Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Portland, Ore.; Poilane, Paris; Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis; and Flour Bakery + Café, Boston.

Ken’s Artisan Bakery received Modern Baking’s 2012 Leadership Award for Quality in July. “No matter how good something is, there are always ways to improve. It’s about engaging with the product. If you understand what’s going on you can do that,” owner Ken Forkish said. Read how he’s bringing Old World breads to Portland, Ore.

Read Modern Baking’s coverage of HotChocolate’s Mindy Segal, a 25-year industry veteran who was recognized as one of our Innovative 10 in February, to find out why imperfect desserts are often the best tasting.

And check back at next week for our September feature story on the 400-sq.-ft. Salty Tart Bakery and owner Michelle Gayer.

Departures is available only to the company’s Platinum and Centurion charge card holders.

Source: Modern Baking