Program Chair, Baking
Right out of high school, Alan Dumonceaux started working under Executive Chef Beat Hegnauer at the Four Seasons Hotel in Edmonton, which received a prestigious Five Diamond Award for Excellence during his tenure. As he moved through each of the kitchen stations, Alan found his calling: working in the pastry shop. Alan achieved his journeyman and Red Seal certifications soon after and moved into the baking world full time.
Alan’s dynamic work ethic earned him a management position at the largest in-store bakery in Western Canada at just 23 years old, where he oversaw a staff of 60 employees. Within 3 years, he was promoted to assistant division manager, where he managed 200 employees across 5 stores. He then took a sales position with Kirkland and Rose (now Bakemark), where he experienced the diversity of methods and systems prevalent in the baking industry. Before long, he was promoted to sales supervisor of the Edmonton branch.
In 2001, Alan was presented with the opportunity to join NAIT’s School of Hospitality as an instructor, and in 2003, he was appointed as the Baking program chair, a position he still holds today. Alan’s extensive experience is a valuable asset as he is able to share his not only his knowledge and skills but also his passion and enthusiasm with aspiring baking students, both full-time and apprentices.
Alan is also the manager and Viennese pastry candidate for Baking Team Canada, competing at the World Cup of Baking in Paris, France, every 4 years.