RFT’s Gutcheck – November 2009

allen_rft_pesto​It doesn’t take much to change the face of baking in a city. For Companion founder Josh Allen, it started with a few watts. “I have a fond memory of stealing my sister’s Easy-Bake oven, so I was pretty good at baking brownies by the heat of a light bulb.” Growing up surrounded by his family’s food distribution business, Allen Foods (now a part of U.S. Foodservice), he knew he’d be in the food business as an adult. He also knew he didn’t want to wear a tie. After attending Stanford University, he cooked three meals a day for a family living in the largest estate on Lake Tahoe. From there, he started baking at Whole Foods in Palo Alto, where he was approached by the owner of Oakville Grocery. After Allen spent months designing a bakery… Read the rest here.

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