From 2014-2017, Lauren held the position of Pastry Chef for Peller Estates Winery – the most visited winery in all of North America. She developed a bread and pastry program designed around crafting every detail in house, including baking fresh sourdough bread daily for the restaurant. She received the "Top 30 Under 30" award from the Ontario Hostelry Institute for her work. Lauren now teaches Baking + Pastry at Humber College.
In the fall of 2017, Lauren took a road trip to Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall, North Carolina. She spent two weeks working with Tara Jensen (@bakerhands), assisting with her wood-fired baking workshops and absorbing every detail Tara was willing to share about bread, fire, and the stars that make up the universe we call home.
The Workshops are held in unique and rustic locations throughout Southern Ontario, The Langford Schoolhouse -- a one room schoolhouse built in the 1870s that is nestled amongst the cornfields between Ancaster and Paris, and West Ave Cider House. The schoolhouse is being used as a community hub to bring individuals together. This runs in line with what Lauren is hoping to achieve with her workshops: part baking journey, part social experiment.
For a second year in a row, workshops are being held at the beautiful property of West Avenue Cider at Somerset Orchards. Chris and Amy are producing award winning ciders in a rustic, tranquil location. They believe in an organic way of farming and supporting the land to get the best product possible. They were one of the first locations for Bake Lab's workshops and are a true example of the saying: "surround yourself with good people, and good things will happen."