Melina Kelson-PodolskyBaker Bootleg Batard
Born to a family of food critics, Melina Kelson has always been happiest making, discussing, and enjoying thoughtfully prepared foods. Melina is a Certified Master Baker, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, a Certified Bread Baker, Certified Sous Chef, and Certified Hospitality Educator. She spent 17 years teaching baking and pastry arts. Now in her fourth term on the Board of Directors of The Bread Bakers Guild of America, Melina is the three-time Director of WheatStalk and serves on the Certification Committee. Her deep commitment to sustainability informs her approach to baking and living. An edible landscape surrounds her wood-fired oven, where she operates a weekly micro-bakery, Bootleg Batard, just outside of Chicago.