Michelle Wojtowicz

Michelle Wojtowicz
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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.


Michelle Wojtowicz
Michelle's Featured Recipe
Burgers with House-Made Buns, Pickles, and Fries

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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

Latest Recipes

Breakfast Pizza

This pizza was born on a Saturday morning, right before our brunch service. As the last loaves of bread were coming out of the wood-fired...

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Roasted Chicken

Do you have a special date night planned? If you want to impress that special someone with your cooking skills, then this recipe for Roasted Chicken needs to be on the menu. This chicken recipe is a bit of a challenge and requires that you prep the chicken for about 12 hours before you start cooking it. However, the results will be well worth it! This recipe serves two, but could serve as many as four people if it is accompanied by a selection of hearty side dishes.

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Burgers with House-Made Buns, Pickles, and Fries

Theres hardly any food more stereotypically American than hamburgers, but all too frequently, we Americans screw them up. We decided to ...

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Homemade Mayonnaise

Making your own mayo is a truly satisfying experience, but watch outonce you try it this way, youll never want to buy the jarred stuff ...

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Nine-Grain Pancake

Baked in a cast-iron skillet, this is a real pan “cake.” At the Bakery, we prepare it in the wood-fired oven, where it puffs up to an inc...

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Our first roommate in Big Sur was a longtime local named Everett Makowski, who was eighty when he offered to rent us one of the rooms in ...

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Clovis’s Lime Tart with Lime Marmalade and Ginger Ice Cream

Clovis, a Big Sur local who’s lived here for more than fifty years, brings us amazing Bearss limes from early November until late April. ...

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Blueberry Pie

If you’ve ever wondered what made your grandmother’s pie crust taste so good, we’ll give you a hint: she probably used lard. We get our l...

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Fish and Chips, Big Sur Style

Our British friend Terry lives for fish and chips. Between Wayne and Forrest, we’re bombarded with loads of fresh rockfish during the sum...

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