Sortachef (Don Hogeland to those who know and love him) is passionate about bread, food, fire and pizza. He believes that if everybody could sit down together there would be no wars and no misunderstandings. At a table well set, harmony reigns.
As a boy his fascination for cooking with fire was kindled in the glow of the camplight. Tin cans for pots, foiled potatoes in the coals, a reflector oven set with biscuits - these unusual cooking techniques always made the best food at home seem pale by comparison.
Later trips showed him that some of the methods shown in the Foxfire books were not so outlandish after all. Off the main streets in Greece little old ladies cooked meats and vegetable in braziers fueled with olive branches. On the edge of the French Alps the village baker turned out fat loaves from a huge wood-filled oven. In Italy every pizza he ever had was woodfired.
In 2004-5, he built his woodfired oven, firing it up in spring and ambitiously entertaining throughout the summer. There was a steep learning curve regarding all aspects of its use. Several years later, he feels he knows enough to pass the knowledge along.
So flame on!