About Your Teacher
Craig Ponsford attended the California Culinary Academy, graduating in 1991 with top honors. In 1992, he opened his first bakery – Artisan Bakers – in Sonoma, CA.
A few years later – in 1996 – he competed with Team USA in the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (the World Cup of Baking) and won the Baguettes & Special Breads category, which was a major upset to the French at the time. In 1999, he coached Team USA to an overall Coupe victory and in 2000, he opened the bakery he operates to this day – Ponsford’s Place – in San Rafael, CA.
Because of his experience and accolades, he's been able to travel the world teaching (and judging the art of bread making. Artisan Baking Center has been fortunate to have Craig as a regular in-person instructor since just after it opened in 2017.