Renato Poliafito began his career as a designer in New York City after
graduating from Skidmore College in 1996. Following years of print and online
design work, he felt inclined to entertain his love for coffee and desserts. Being
a self-taught cook (with a little inspiration from watching his mom in the kitchen),
Renato changed career paths and traded his creative director status for that of
café manager. Renato began working for Jack and Grace Lamb of Jewel Bako
fame at their café, The Blue Goose, where he learned the intricate tricks of the
café trade. After a year of intensive training, research and pinching pennies,
Renato teamed with Matt Lewis to open Baked. Baked currently distributes their
granola to specialty stores nationwide, and in fall 2010 will be debuting their
Williams Sonoma/Baked brownie mixes across the U.S.
Together, they work tirelessly to bring the New York masses outrageously
delicious desserts made with the highest quality ingredients, and, of course, the
perfect cup of coffee.
Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito's debut cookbook, Baked: New Frontiers in
Baking, was published to national critical acclaim and raved about across the
blogosphere. The book received top nods from NPR, People, Amazon.com,
Food and Wine, Bon Appetit and many more. Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
was nominated for an IACP award.
Their new book, Baked Explorations, will be published October 2010 and is a
tribute to beloved American desserts - treats and baked goods that are regional
gems, fading beauties, or family secrets (and a few Baked customer favorites).
Some of the stellar recipes included in this volume include: Peanut Butter
Banana Cream Pie, Mom's Olive Oil Orange Bundt Cake, The Aunt Sassy
(pistachio) Cake, Chocolate Thumb Prints, plus 75 other recipes from breakfast
treats to late-night confections.
Matt and Renato have been featured in the New York Times, O Magazine, The
Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, People Magazine, and many
more. In addition, they have written recipes for Bon Appetit, Food and Wine,
Health Magazine and they have appeared on Food TV, MSNBC, Martha, Rachel
Ray, the Today Show, and many more.