Cittaslow USA: Bread goes punk

Mike lives slow and deliberate in America's first Cittaslow (Slow City), a perfect match for a man with The Bejkr's priorities. His most recent culinary adventure took him to the highest level of competition possible, the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (the World Cup of Baking) in Paris. He represented Team USA in the specialty bread and baguette category, but admits he went more to compete against himself than the world. Either way his team came out on top, placing second overall, just 4.98 points of a possible 600 behind first-place Japan. Filmmaker Colin Blackshear captured the journey. His documentary film—still in process—details an art built from wheat, rye, hemp seed and heart, and examines how The Bejkr's approach dovetails with the growing Slow Food philosophy in Sonoma County.

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