Proof Artisan Breads

American Made Since 2013
2014 Wildcard Finalist

Jared Allen

Mesa, Arizona
Proof is an old world style bakery utilizing modern technology and techniques.
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Tell us about your business.

I discovered my love for baking while attending Le Cordon Bleu-Scottsdale in 2006. One of my first assignments in Introductory Baking was a classic french baguette. When I felt that dough in my hands, I was hooked. I showed up 2 hours early every day for the rest of the class, just to work on my baguettes. That was the first inkling that I might be able to start a business while doing something I love.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

I take advantage of the Arizona Cottage Industry law which allows me to work from my humble home in downtown Mesa, AZ. I don't have much counter space to work with, but I do have a large work table for rolling out dough. I have 2 ovens and 5 children who are more than willing to lend a hand. I am quickly outgrowing this and I've started exploring possible commercial spaces.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by bread. I can mix 3 simple ingredients and something transcendent happens. The final result greatly surpasses the sum of its ingredients. What can be more inspiring? It helps me realize that I can be transcendent, that I can surpass the sum of my parts. We all can. The only limits we have are the ones we impose on ourselves.

What makes your business stand out?

Me. This business is personal. There isn't any separation between who I am and what I do. I am a baker. I am Proof.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Follow your passion and work until you can't stand up.

What does American Made mean to you?

When I think of American Made, the following comes to mind: locally sourced, hard work, and high quality. I believe in using locally sourced ingredients when possible, and in doing so I give back to my community and my country. I believe in hard work. Growing up on a farm taught me that anything is possible with hard work. I believe in creating a high quality product, and I believe in American Made.

Comments (9)

  • aegwinn 26 Sep, 2014

    I love this bakery!! I can not wait to pick up my pain au chocolat tomorrow!

  • Red Poppy Photo 26 Aug, 2014

    Proof Bread is seriously legit, with a great family behind it. One couldn't be more deserving of this generous prize.

  • Camille Millecam Whiting 24 Aug, 2014

    I haven't had bread this good since Paris!

  • Reachel Bagley 18 Aug, 2014

    The only thing better than the crust on Proof Bread is the people behind it. Go Allens!

  • Summer Bellessa 8 Aug, 2014

    Yum, I need to have one of those right now.

  • David-Aileen Bohn 7 Aug, 2014

    Go Proof or Go Home!!

  • Debbie Christensen 7 Aug, 2014

    Proof bread really is so good. I love the family dynamic and how authentic Jared is. I'm so impressed by all their hard work.

  • creolewisdom 6 Aug, 2014

    I positively love Proof and the entire Allen family. Great bread made by a great person.

  • Debbie Wright 6 Aug, 2014

    Dinner is tastier and Saturday is sweeter with a little something handmade from Proof!


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