Michelle Rizzolo

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Michelle and Phil’s endeavor, the Big Sur Bakery, has been described as being “in the middle of nowhere.” They live happily away from the hubbub of the city.  

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Michelle Rizzolo and Philip Wojtowicz are the proprietors of the Big Sur Bakery in California. Michelle oversees the bakery, pastry, desserts and bread baking at the bakery, and Philip is responsible for the kitchen.


They are the authors of The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant, which they wrote with Michael Gilson and Catherine Price. Their book not only provides recipes for the food they prepare for the bakery, but provides an overview of what it is like to live in Big Sur.


The bakery is tucked behind a gas station on Highway 1 and not easy to find. It serves far more than baked goods, and boasts classic, wood-fired American-style cooking.


Both Michelle and Philip graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and originally are from New Jersey. They worked in Los Angeles for a number of years at some of the city's best restaurants before deciding to abandon the urban life and move to fabled Big Sur on the California coast.


Michelle and Philip live in Big Sur with their young son, Henry. The website is http://www.bigsurbakery.com/

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Latest Recipes

Pickles Added on Mar 5, 2010
French Fries Added on Mar 5, 2010
Roasted Chicken Added on Oct 12, 2009
Fish and Chips, Big Sur Style Added on Oct 12, 2009

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