Tomas Strulovic, Owner of True Loaf Bakery
Why he’s in the Food 50: Tomas Strulovic helped start South Florida’s bread renaissance, and he’s constantly pushing to make his product the best possible. “The South Florida food scene is improving as more small people are starting up to meet the demands of folks who are tired of franchises and want genuine, handmade products,” he said. “When I make a simple, proper loaf, it is beautiful, but I always strive to do better.” Strulovic, an ex-banker, now spends his time rolling in dough at his bakery in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood. He grew up in Venezuela to a Czech father and American mother, and went to culinary school after leaving finance. He discovered sourdough while attending the San Francisco Institute of Baking. That led to his devotion to the art of proofing, fermenting, kneading and shaping big round loaves of sourdough (olive-walnut, multigrain, cherry-pecan), baked daily in a steam-injected deck oven until crusty with a chewy texture.
Who’s next? Strulovic would like to see chef Thomas Buckley of Nobu Miami Beach in next year’s Food 50.
Where to find him: True Loaf, 1894 Bay Rd., Miami Beach.