A BASSENDEAN artisan baker and entrepreneur is hoping to continue connecting schools and the community through a baking program at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus in 2017.
Michael Grau, who is a designer by trade, ventured into the baking industry this year to start an online business and a mentoring program for hospitality students.
Mr Grau said Treason brought innovation and artisan baking to students, parents and schools.
“My daughter goes to Bassendean Primary School and for the parent-buyers who collect their bread and children at the school gate, it’s a way for them to model healthy eating,” he said.
“The skills of building websites or baking naturally leavened bread are part of this new world.
“Cyril Jackson Senior Campus recognises this and the value of real world experience and it’s been a fantastic opportunity for me and one that would not have existed 20 years ago.”
Mr Grau said he was motivated to establish an artisanal bakery because there were not any quality bakeries in the east metropolitan region. “The notion behind that is I am going to where the communities are and delivering there … it is fighting obesity in a small way,” he said.
“I am working with the hospitality students and we have done things like starting with making dough for pizza and then moving on the true artisan baking where we are using a lot of water.”
Mr Grau said his main goal was to connect students with a high quality product and sell it into the community.
“I hope to continue it next year and I have had really good support from the community in terms of sales of bread,” he said.