There is a treasure in the old recipe collection of baker Karsten Berning (46)! It’s a recipe for croissants – neatly typed on a typewriter by his grandfather Harry in 1969.
“He was really innovative back then,” says his grandson. Today he offers different variations: butter, chocolate or cheese and ham croissants. “We got gold for that,” says the master baker proudly.
Karsten Berning inherited his passion for baking from his ancestors, who opened their Johann Mayer bakery at Ebersstraße 42 110 years ago. Today he bakes like he did back then.
He has already won over 100 awards with his breads and baked goods. For 22 years he has regularly taken part in the “Golden Pretzel” – something like the Oscar of the Berlin Bakers’ Guild, which is celebrating its 750th anniversary this year.
He has 26 employees, including some who have been with the business longer than he has – like his parents, who at 75 still help out.
“What my employees did during the Corona period makes me really proud,” says Berning. “We were always open and that’s how we developed this ‘we can do it together’ mentality. That’s great.”
The Master begins at one o’clock every night. Hobbies, theater and cinema visits fall by the wayside. “My hobby is my family,” he says.
And at home he liked to knead dough on his days off. “But then my wife gets upset because I always trash the kitchen. She always says: You have a bakery, why does it have to be here!“
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