George De Pasquale has devoted his life to baking.
“Even as a kid I loved the neighborhood bakery and baking bread at home,” recalls De Pasquale. “I’m Italian-American. I grew up on Long Island in an Italian neighborhood where on Sunday, you wouldn’t know you’re in America. The Italian bakery was right around the corner. My mom would send me over there. I loved the atmosphere. You had to go into the bakery to buy the bread. They didn’t have a storefront. They just had a rack.”