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Some of the recipes in Renato’s and Matt’s book are Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Root Beer Bundt Cake, and, for the more serious baker, Almond Green Tea Cupcakes and Lemon-Almond Meringue Tarts.
After years in the advertising business, Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito decided to leave their day jobs and open a bakery in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Baked opened in January 2005 to instant rave reviews. They designed the place to be the anti “grandma’s kitchen," a modern space with hints of ski lodge and new frontier motifs. They recently opened a second Baked in Tribeca, NY.
Matt and Renato have been featured on Oprah, the Food Network, Martha Stewart and Today. The bakery has been reviewed in countless magazines, both local and nationwide, to rave reviews.
Their debut cookbook, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking was nominated for an IACP award. In 2010, they published Baked Explorations, and two years later Baked Elements. Their most recent book, Baked Occasions was released in October 2014.
Renato and Matt live in Brooklyn.