Every year the Martha Stewart American Made program recognizes a group of artisans and producers around the country for their work making well-designed, quality goods. Earlier this year a long list of nominees was announced, which was then broken down into a list of finalists.
Included in that list is Proof Artisan Bakery, a bakery in Mesa run by Le Cordon Bleu graduate Jared Allen. If selected as a winner, Allen will win $10,000 to grow his business as well as a chance to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine.
Allen, who also bakes bread for St. Francis in Phoenix, bakes out of his home in Mesa thanks to Arizona's Cottage Law. He produces Old World-style breads and picture-perfect baked goods such as eclairs, danish, and pain au chocolat.
Allen posts photos online of the breads he'll be baking about a week in advance, giving customers time to place orders to be picked up at his home.
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From the list of hundreds of finalists in the contest, only 10 winners will be selected. Nine winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, while one Audience Choice Award Winner will be chosen through online voting. All 10 winners will get a trip to New York City to attend the American Made event, a spot in the American Made Market, $10,000 to grow their business, and more.
You can vote for Proof Artisan Breads on the Martha Stewart American Made website. Voting closes on October 13.