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Podcast: How Mark Furstenberg Went From Kennedy’s White House To Master Baker

Award-winning baker Mark Furstenberg describes his journey from White House to entrepreneur. After starting a bakery that was eventually burned by bankruptcy, he tried again.

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Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, join Ben Domenech as he talks with Mark Furstenberg, owner of the bakery Bread Furst and the winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation award winner for Outstanding Baker.

On the show, Furstenberg describes his journey from White House aide to baker. After starting a bakery that was eventually burned by bankruptcy, he tried again. And then again.

“My aspiration was to create a neighborhood bakery that would have a chance of living for a number of years, not that anybody can control such things,” he said. “But I had a much better chance, I thought, if the business was successful. Not just aesthetically, but financially.”

Furstenberg opened Bread Furst in 2014. Despite his success, he remains humble.

“In one sense, I know it’s a great honor and I feel quite validated by it,” said Furstenberg. “But in another sense, there are a bunch of bakers in the country who deserve this award.”

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