Ever Worked At Panera Bread?

Lounge By Cakepro Updated 9 Oct 2011 , 6:30pm by MimiFix

Cakepro Posted 8 Oct 2011 , 9:08pm
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I'm so sick and tired of cakes and I have a ton of free time on my hands these days with two kids in college and one a junior in high school. I've always wanted to gain experience making and baking breads and other non-cake items, and was thinking about working at Panera Bread for awhile for kicks.

Has anyone worked there as a baker? Do you actually get to create doughs?

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scp1127 Posted 9 Oct 2011 , 2:33am
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Never worked there, but we have two homes, WV and MD. Both have a Panera and they serve the exact same items, tasting exactly the same. My guess is that it is all frozen, which is ok for breads and pastry dough. I don't think they hire artisan bread bakers for each store because technique would yield a different product.

MimiFix Posted 9 Oct 2011 , 6:30pm
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Panera has central commissaries for each region, where they produce the doughs and batters. These are frozen and shipped to each store within the region. The production crew bakes-off/finishes each item. I'm sure you would learn a lot from working in a Panera, just not how to bake from scratch.

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