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Michael Hanson

Michael Hanson was born to bake. A third generation master baker he began making bread while he stood on a chair in his paternal grandfather, Cyril’s bakehouse. It was later to be become his father’s bakery. Ten years later he studied accountancy, but upon graduating soon realized office suits were not for him. He began baking professionally and later owned the renowned artisan bakery Carriages, where soon he had 30 employees and a lot of headaches. The pressure valve blew after 6 years and he gave up baking and went traveling, and spent serious time reevaluating his life.

After learning to make earth ovens with Kiko Denzer he began baking again. Now he builds bread ovens and runs a small successful mobile pizzeria with which he tours the UK festival circuit. You can find out more about Michael at From The Hearth on Facebook, or email him at:

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Pizza Quest is a site dedicated to the exploration of artisanship in all forms, wherever we find it, but especially through the literal and metaphorical image of pizza. As we share our own quest for the perfect pizza we invite all of you to join us and share your journeys too. We have discovered that you never know what engaging roads and side paths will reveal themselves on this quest, but we do know that there are many kindred spirits out there, passionate artisans, doing all sorts of amazing things. These are the stories we want to discover, and we invite you to jump on the proverbial bus and join us on this, our never ending pizza quest.

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American Pie
Artisan Breads Every Day
The Bread Bakers Apprentice
Brother Junipers Bread Book
Crust and Crumb
Whole Grain Breads

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