Todd: Now Alan, you used to be a baker.
Alan: Yes I did.
Todd: That’s pretty cool. So you can make anything right, like bread, donuts, cake?
Alan: Yeah. My specialty, what I did a lot of was, different varieties of bread. I baked a lot of white bread, whole wheat bread, 60% whole wheat bread, rye bread, sour dough, Italian bread, French bread. So mostly I did breads.
Todd: Ok, sounds good. What is the routine of a baker? Do you have to get up early, or how does that work?
Alan: Yes. Generally most bakeries, especially bakeries that sell bread, they start operations very early in the morning. With the bread, you want to get the bread out and fresh as early as possible. So bread bakers will start at 3am or 4am. They’ll come in and open up the shop. They’ll get everything going, fire up the ovens and start mixing the bread dough. So if the bakery opens at 8 in the morning, the customers come into fresh baked bread.
Todd: I love that smell. So what would you say was the best thing about being a baker?
Alan: The best thing about being a baker would be, making all those fancy pastries: Danish, croissants, apple strudel. I enjoyed that part of baking, making those kinds of products.
Todd: Was there anything that you did not like about being a baker?
Alan: Pretty much everything else. Specifically, I didn’t like the hours. Mostly the hours I didn’t like. The actual work was not bad but it was the hours and the pay wasn’t so good.
Todd: Ok well, still though you’d have to have loved that smell of fresh bread everyday.
Alan: That I did enjoy yes.