Rich Orris

Credit: Tara Jensen

Gluten Enthusiast

Maker: Chef

Rich Orris is a self-taught baker whose obsession with gluten began after an ill-fated move to a small town in New England where there was nothing to do and nowhere to eat. Since moving to his current homestead in Asheville, he has been working on perfecting and teaching the food of his youth, the bagel. Rich approaches baking with a degree in math, but also recognizes the beautiful chaos of wild yeast. Passionate about community and sustainable food systems, Rich is a co-organizer of the Asheville Bread Festival and runs a pizza and bagel pop-up series called Bad Seed, named for the oft-demonized wheat that is so important to our culture.

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