Jeffrey Hamelman is one of the very few Certified Master Bakers in the United States. He is the bakery director at the King Arthur Flour Company and teaches professional-level classes at King Arthur's Baking Education Center. He has taught in baking and pastry schools around the world and is the 2005 recipient of the Golden Baguette Award, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Bread Bakers Guild of America.
Chiho Kaneko is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited in both the United States and Japan. She also works as a translator and interpreter. She is a native of Japan with a background in landscape architecture, agronomy, and art.