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Matthew James Duffy: From Professional Chef to Sourdough Expert

Known as “Sourdough Duffy”, Chef Matthew James Duffy is a sourdough expert and teacher with an impressive resume. He spent over a decade working as a professionally trained chef in the some of the world’s finest kitchens, including a time at Relais & Chateaux property Langdon Hall in Ontario, Restaurant Noma in Copenhagan, as well as five years working with Chef Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud NYC and as Sous-Chef opening Café Boulud Toronto. But even as he toiled in these restaurant kitchens, Duffy was always thinking about sourdough, and how to improve the bread offerings at each restaurant. He eventually left the restaurant kitchen to pursue this passion for baking by working with well-known bakers around the world, reading a library full of bread books, and embarking on a never-ending journey of learning the craft of sourdough baking. On this quest he worked with King Arthur Flour’s bread master, Jeffrey Hamelman, and attended classes at the San Francisco Baking Institute and the French Pastry School in Chicago. He has represented Canada twice at the world Slow Food Conference in Turin, Italy, and is currently Professor and Program Coordinator at Centennial College’s Pastry Arts Management Program in Toronto. Visit his website at www.matthewjamesduffy.com.

Highlights of this episode include:

  • What made Matt embark on a culinary career
  • What drew Matt to sourdough baking
  • His strategy for learning as much as he could about sourdough bread baking
  • Matt’s tips on using fresh milled flour
  • What Matt has learned about making panettone
  • Matt’s tips on making a high-hydration sourdough
  • Tips for incorporating discard into recipes
  • Matt’s goals for his upcoming bread book
  • And much more!

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