Karl de Smedt

Karl de Smedt

Puratos Center for Bread Flavour in St. Vith, Belgium


For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a baker-confectioner. After graduating in 1988 from the bakery/confectionery school in Brussels I worked for six years as a patissier in a bakery in Brussels. In 1994 I started to work for Puratos as a test baker, since then I worked in different departments as test baker, demonstrator, product manager, corporate trainer and product training manager.

Over the last ten years a flour allergy has limited my activities in the bakery.

I'm is passionate about food, especially about sourdough breads.

Today I am on a quest for sourdough to preserve their biodiversity in our sourdough library. If you or your company have a sourdough you can always register it on our website. That way you can guide consumers to a positive message about sourdough. Or maybe one day it will end up in our library.