I had my first taste of Udi’s gluten free bread ten days ago and it has radically changed my gluten free lifestyle. Even my non-celiac wife loves it, or at least the smell of it toasting (I seldom share it). Since then, I have tried the whole grain bread, two types of bagels (the first bagels I have enjoyed during this century) and the heavenly lemon strusel muffins.
I also began to wonder about Udi himself. I found out that he was born in Israel and opened his first shop “Udi the Sandwich Man” in Denver in 1994. Since then, his family businesses have grown to include a catering company, an artisan bakery, and five restaurants in the Denver area. He ventured into the gluten free world in 2009 after a gentleman named Chad White shared his secret recipe. Mr. White is now holds the title ‘Director of Product Development’. He’s certainly earned it!
I wish I knew more about him. I couldn’t even ascertain whether or not he lives gluten free. In my research, I saw his last name listed as Bar-On and Baron. Take your pick. Here are three links to information about him. Since the titles are so similar, I’ll just refer to them as this one, that one, and the other one.